Bathinda: A day after 62-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) worker Gurdev Singh was killed at his house in Tarmala village of Lambi assembly constituency during the police raid, which was to verify the complaint of him possessing some illicit liquor, the state government handed over two cheques worth Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the bereaved family.
It is learnt that the administration was first trying to settle the matter with Rs 2 lakh compensation, which was even delivered to the bereaved family by Malout SDM Vishesh Sarangal but finding the issue not getting resolved, the Chief Minister Office agreed to increase the ex-gratia to Rs 10 lakh and the cheque for remaining Rs 8 lakh was sent through Malout MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti.
As the police had already arrested the prime accused, Bhaika Kera police post in-charge Gurdeep Singh, who was heading the raiding party, with also booking four others cops in a murder case registered under Section 302 of the IPC, the bereaved family members agreed to get the post-mortem conducted, after which the cremation was also performed in the village.
Cremation done, viscera sent to forensic laboratory at Kharar
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who represents Lambi assembly constituency in Vidhan Sabha, also attended the funeral, where he lashed out at the state government for failing to maintain the law and order in Punjab.
The bereaved kin of the deceased Gurdev Singh, supported by Akali leaders and workers, also demanded a job from government but there was no assurance till evening.
During the post-mortem, the three-member panel of doctors failed to find any major external injury mark so they sent the heart for further diagnosis and also sent viscera to forensic laboratory at Kharar.
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal attends a condolence meeting in Lambi on Wednesday.
Magisterial inquiry marked
Sensing the situation, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered a detailed magisterial probe to ascertain the cause and circumstances that led to the death, and to fix responsibility. The Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences for the bereaved family, praying to the Almighty to give courage to the family members in this hour of grief and grant peace to the departed soul. Even as he reiterated his promise to free the state from the drugs menace, as promised in the Congress election manifesto, Captain Amarinder directed the police and other agencies engaged in the anti-drugs campaign to exercise restraint. He exhorted the police and other officials not to cause any sort of inconvenience or undue harassment to anyone during the ongoing search operations for drug seizures across the state.
SSP yet to identify four cops in raiding party
Succumbing to pressure, Muktsar police chief Baljot Singh Rathore late on Tuesday evening got the FIR against all five cops registered but except one all were mentioned as unidentified. The one, ASI Gurdeep Singh who was heading the team, had been arrested but the police didn’t incorporate the names of the other four cops in the FIR till late on Wednesday evening. Finding it a clear act of saving the guilty cops, Akali leadership questioned that how could the cops be unidentified as they would have certainly left the police post to conduct raid after mentioning the same in their official register, which is must as per police manual. SSP Baljot Singh Rahore was unavailable to comment.
Sukhbir sees political vendetta
Former Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal slammed the state government, accusing that Akali workers were being targeted and eliminated by the Congress activists. He also charged the police of becoming an instrument to unleash vendetta against the SAD. Sukhbir warned that the SAD would not remain a mute spectator to the brutal repression being unleashed on the party. “I have already requested Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to restrain his workers from resorting to vendetta politics but it seems my pleas have not had any effect. The SAD will now go to the people and build a movement against these repressive tactics,” he added. Asking for immediate dismissal from service and registration of murder charges against the five member team which had caused Gurdev’s death, Sukhbir said only this would send out a message that the government believed in providing justice to everyone.