29 ਮਾਰਚ 1994 ਦੀ ਹੈ ਇਹ ਤਸਵੀਰ, ਜਦੋਂ
ਕੇ. ਪੀ. ਐਸ ਗਿੱਲ ਅਕਾਲ ਫੈਡਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਦੇ ਮੁਖੀ ਭਾਈ
ਕੰਵਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਧਾਮੀ ਨੂੰ ਮੀਡੀਆ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਆਤਮ ਸਮਰਪਣ
ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਆਇਆ ਸੀ ਤਾਂ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਧ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ ਕਿ ਵੱਡੇ-ਵੱਡੇ ਖਾੜਕੂ ਤਾਂ ਗਿੱਲ
ਤੋਂ ਡਰਦੇ ਆਤਮ ਸਮਰਪਣ ਕਰੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ।
ਧਾਮੀ ਨੇ ਗਿੱਲ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਮੀਡੀਏ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਣਾਈ ਗਈ ਕਹਾਣੀ ਹੂਬਹੂ ਮੀਡੀਏ ਅੱਗੇ ਬਿਆਨਣ ਤੋਂ
ਇਨਕਾਰ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ, ਬਲਕਿ ਅਸਲ ਕਹਾਣੀ ਬਿਆਨ ਕਰਨੀ ਆਰੰਭ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਕਿ ਕਿਵੇਂ
ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਗ੍ਰਿਫਤਾਰ ਕਰਕੇ ਦਬਾਅ ਹੇਠ ਆਤਮ ਸਮਰਪਣ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ।
ਉਦੋਂ ਫੇਸਬੁੱਕ ਲਾਈਵ ਨਹੀਂ ਸੀ ਹੁੰਦੀ, ਫੋਟੋ ਹੀ ਸਬੂਤ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਸੀ।
Militant rewrites Gill's
April 30, 1994 | UPDATED 15:27 IST
The Punjab Police couldn't have cut a more sorry
figure than they did last fortnight at what was publicised as the
surrender of "a top Khalistan ideologue", the Akal Federation chief
Kanwar Singh Dhami.
When the triumphant Ropar police produced Dhami
before DGP K.P.S. Gill at a crowded press conference on March 29, they
did not in the least expect the militant leader to backtrack from his
promise to surrender and touch the DGP's feet.
Refusing to echo the
written statement allegedly prepared by the police, Dhami instead
charged them with torturing him to agree to the surrender drama. "As a
staunch supporter of Khalistan, I will prefer death to surrender,"
Claiming that he was picked up from Ahmedabad by
the Tarn Taran police last May, Dhami said that the police version of
his arrest from Anandpur Sahib on March 26 was concocted. He revealed
that he had crossed back from Pakistan, where he claims to have lived
from 1984 to 1991, only after the Chandra Shekhar government started a
dialogue with him in 1991.
Shell-shocked, the Ropar police chief A.S.
Sandhu tried to shout Dhami down. "I have said what I wanted to say,"
said Dhami, as he was quickly whisked away by the police, but not before
he managed to shout a pro-Khalistan slogan. "He is not mentally stable
and all that he said is false," said a visibly upset Gill, who had been
compared to the emperor Aurangzeb by the militant leader.
As head of a little known militant gang, Dhami
has never been a top category militant, first hitting the headlines only
when the Chandra Shekhar government held exploratory talks with him
through an Amritsar-based lawyer, Kailash Samuel.
"Afterwards, the Narasimha Rao Government was in
touch with Dhami to bring the militants to the negotiating table," says
Samuel. The talks fell through when the Beant Singh Government took
office in Punjab.
With the surrender going awry, the much battered
image of the Punjab Police has received another blow. And it has proved
once again that allegations of illegal detention and custodial deaths
against the police are not just a figment of the imagination.