In what could be termed as humiliating development for the UP police, one of its constables of Bijnor’s Badhapur police station who went on a month-long leave in November 2018, has now been found in Delhi’s Tihar jail, the reason being his involvement with 1987 Hashimpura Massacre incident.
Kanwar Pal Singh had been missing for the last five months and the UP police had been looking for him. The 55-year-old constable was last posted at Badhapur police station in Bijnor district.
As per the report in Times of India, the policeman, who was a Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel, has now been dismissed from doing his service in the aftermath of a departmental inquiry. It has been learnt that the constable went on leave in November last year.
FYI, Kanwar Pal Singh was convicted by Delhi High Court in the Hashimpura Massacre incident wherein 42 Muslim men were shot dead in the intervening night of 1987.
The Muslim men were shot by policemen and deceased were thrown into two irrigation canals in Ghaziabad. The High Court even asked the convicted policemen to surrender in November, one week before Kanwar Pal Singh went on leave.
Initially, the UP police in April this year suspended Singh for failing to join duty 3 months following his absence. The Bijnor police were completely unaware of his conviction. Later, when Singh did not appear to do the duty, the district police set a ‘departmental inquiry’ to look into Singh’s location.
“Constable Kanwar Pal Singh was posted here at Badhapur police station. A resident of Kirori village of Shamli, Singh went on a month-long leave on November 15 last year.
When he failed to join back after his leave ended, the then SP had suspended him for dereliction of duty. An inquiry headed by a circle officer was set up to know his whereabouts,” the report further quoted Bijnor SP (rural) Vishwajeet Srivastava as saying.