On December 30, 1991, V.G. Vaidya, special director, Intelligence Bureau, sent a “secret” communication to then DGP K.P.S. Gill in which he referred to fake and simulated encounters. He said that district-level police officers should be extremely discreet and circumspect in dealing with the western media. “They should refrain from even implicitly (sic!) hinting that they indulge, connive or approve of anything which was in violation of the law of the land. Their professional compulsions in executive actions should not get reflected in their public utterances which should be correct and responsible.” The letter was in the context of district police chiefs parading before a London Guardian correspondent some militants in custody who were later shown killed in a police chase—which naturally made the paper draw the inference that they had been done away in fake encounters. In an interview in September, K.P.S. Gill denied having ever received such a letter. When Outlook reminded him of its details, he brushed it aside saying, “IB had no role in anti-terrorist work and has tried to run down the efforts of the Punjab police”.