Baljeet Singh, the police officer who was killed in a violent gunbattle during the Punjab terror siege in Gurdaspur district on Monday, was a son to a policeman who too was killed by terrorists in Punjab in 1984.
Eight persons, including three civilians five policemen were killed in the attacks on Gurdaspur police station carried out by heavily-armed terrorists in army uniform. Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljeet was one of them.
Baljeet had joined the force as ASI in 1985 following the death of his father, Inspector Achhar Singh, who was killed in a road accident masterminded by terrorists in 1984.
Baljeet served as SHO Phagwara and with the Vigilance Department in Mansa before being deputed as Deputy Commandant in 7th IRB Battalion.
Following the news of his death on Monday, gloom descended at Baljeet’s Santpura home. Many people including senior police officials rushed to give the family solace.
Baljeet’s family members also urged SSP Ashish Chaudhary, who had come with the news of his death, not to reveal the same to his wife, who is a heart patient.
Baljeet’s body will be brought to Kapurthala on Tuesday for his last rites. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son Maninder Singh (24) and daughters Parminder Kaur (22) and Ravinder Kaur (20).