Tragedy, Again: Even SP Baljit’s Father Died Fighting Terrorists

Real life is stranger than fiction - SP Baljit Singh lost his father in 1984. His father too, died fighting terror.

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Baljit Singh, Superintendent of Police, Punjab. (Photo: Bindu Singh)

Superintendent of Police, Baljit Singh, was killed on Monday in the gun battle with terrorists in Gurdaspur district.

But this was not the first time the SP’s family had lost someone to a terror strike. Singh’s father, Inspector Achhar Singh, was also killed by militants during the height of militancy in Punjab, in 1984.

Seven persons - four civilians and three policemen including Baljit Singh, were killed by heavily-armed militants in army uniform in Gurdaspur, on Monday.

Tragedy, Again: Even SP Baljit’s Father Died Fighting Terrorists

Baljit Singh had joined Punjab Police in 1985 as an ASI following the death of his father. He was killed in a road accident masterminded by terrorists a year earlier.

Baljit Singh served as SHO Phagwara and with the Vigilance department in Mansa before taking up the post of Deputy Commandant in 7th IRB Battalion.

As the news of Baljit’s death reached his residence in Santpura, a sizable number of people including top police officials rushed to his house.

Baljit’s family members urged SSP Ashish Chaudhary, who had come with the news, not to disclose it to his ailing wife, Kulwant Kaur. She is a heart patient.

Besides his wife, Baljit is survived by a son, Maninder Singh (24), daughters Parminder Kaur (22) and Ravinder Kaur (20).

His body will be brought to Kapurthala on Tuesday for last rites.

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