General Hari Singh was among the 19 people killed during the past 24 hours in Punjab as the State police chief, Mr. J.F. Ribeiro, declared that the fight against freedom fighters would continue relentlessly.

Seven freedom fighters, including General Hari Singh of the Khalistan Commando Force and Nirmal Singh Nimma, and three CRPF jawans were killed in a nightlong encounter at Ratta Gudda village in Amritsar district on Saturday night.

Talking to newsmen at the local airport minutes before his departure for Delhi, Mr. Ribeiro said “Our fight against the Sikh freedom fighters will continues relentlessly and secessionists will have to be confronted.

The other freedom fighters killed in the encounter identified as Nirmal Singh Nimma, Sarbjit Singh, Jassa Singh, Dharam Singh and the owner of the house in which the freedom fighters were taking shelter.

The encounter claimed the highest number of freedom fighters in 2 single action since the outbreak of fight for independence.

The three CRPF jawans killed in the encounter were identified Laxman Patil, Rajan and Ram Parkash. Police recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition.

Two freedom fighters were killed in an alleged encounter with a police party at Dhada village in Bhatinda district on Saturday night. Five of their companions, however, managed to escape.

A report from Jullundur said two freedom fighters were shot dead in a predawn encounter with a police naka party at Dhariwal village in the district.

Article extracted from this publication >> April 29, 1988