Chandigarh Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who fought against terrorism in Punjab and awarded the Shaurya Chakra, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Taran Taran district of Punjab. The government had withdrawn their security some time back. After Singh’s death, now the Captain Amarinder Singh government has formed an SIT and said that they will give protection to the family. The Chief Minister said that it will be investigated from all angles.
The Chief Minister’s office tweeted, “CM Amarinder Singh has expressed grief over the killing of Balwinder Singh and ordered the Punjab DGP to ensure that the investigation is completed at the earliest”.
Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh ordered constitution of SIT headed by DIG Ferozepur to probe all angles of fatal attack on Shaurya Chakra awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh. Condoling the death of Balwinder Singh, CM directed @DGPPunjabPolice to ensure speedy investigation.
– CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) October 16, 2020
Police said the motorcycle-borne assailants shot 62-year-old Sandhu four times when he was in an office adjacent to his house in Bhikhiwind village in the district. The attackers fled after attacking.
Sandhu was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead. Sandhu fought against terrorism in the state for many years and when Khalistani terrorism was at its peak in Punjab, many terrorist attacks were carried out on him.
Balwinder Singh Sandhu’s brother Ranjit said that on the recommendation of the Taran Taran police, the security of Sandhu was withdrawn by the state government a year ago. He said that his entire family was targeted by terrorists.
Balwinder’s wife Jagdish Kaur said that it is “the work of terrorists”. She said that her family has no personal enmity with anyone.
He said, “The family always fought against terrorists. There were 62 attacks on my family by terrorists. We made several requests to DGP Dinkar Gupta for protection but all the requests went in vain. ”
Taran Taran Senior Superintendent of Police D Nimble said that the investigation is on. He said that those responsible for the murder will be caught soon. He said that the entire incident has been captured in CCTV. He said that the footage is being investigated.
Balwinder Singh Sandhu also appeared in some documentaries. Inspired by Sandhu and his family, many people defended themselves from terrorist attacks.
Sandhu was awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the Central Government in 1993. The citation of the Shaurya Chakra awarded to him said, “Balwinder Singh Sandhu and his brother Ranjit Singh Sandhu were against terrorist activities. They were on the target of terrorists. The terrorists made 16 attempts to destroy Sandhu’s family in about 11 months.
It wrote, “The terrorists attacked him in groups of 10 to 200, but each time the Sandhu brothers successfully thwarted the efforts of the terrorists with the help of their brave wives Jagdish Kaur Sandhu and Balraj Kaur Sandhu.”
The terrorists first attacked the family on 31 January 1990. A horrific attack on the family was carried out on 30 September 1990 when around 200 terrorists surrounded his house and attacked him with dangerous weapons for five hours continuously. These weapons also included rocket launchers.
The citation wrote that in this planned attack of terrorists, the path leading to the house was blocked by laying a landmine so that no help of the police could reach them.
It said that the Sandhu brothers and their wives confronted the terrorists with pistols and stenagons provided to them by the government. The resistance shown by the Sandhu brothers and their family members forced the militants to retreat.
It was said in the citation that all these individuals have shown great courage and bravery to face the attacks of terrorists and thwart the repeated assassinations.