Bathinda: Shiromani Akali Dal (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today alleged that the government was showing indifference towards family members of Gurjant Singh, the dismissed cop who set himself and members of his family on fire. “No official has ever visited his family members to express grief,” Mann said.
The SAD (A) leader, who was on a visit to the village to meet the family members of Gurjant Singh, also criticised the ruling party in the state for its apathy and said it was merely conjuring up mirages for the public.Also among those who visited the village was Jagjit Singh Joga, CPI leader. The occasion was the bhog ceremony of Beant Kaur, Gurjant’s daughter, which was held at the village gurdwara today.
Joga, who is also a member of the action committee, said the incident took place in the presence of policemen. He demanded that a case of custodial death be filed against the policemen concerned. “The state government should pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the victims and Rs 1 lakh as medical expenses incurred on the treatment. The government should also provide jobs to Rampal Kaur and Sukhpal Kaur, daughters of Gurjant,” he added.
He further said a ceremony would be organised on October 30 to pay respect to the departed members of Gurjant’s family. Members of the action committee would also meet deputy commissioner, Bathinda, to hand over a memorandum. Joga also threatened that the protest could take a serious turn if the demands were not met.
Rampal Kaur, 20-year-old daughter of Gurjant, also accused the police force. “The mishap took place because the cops raided the house,”she alleged.
She also declared her intention to continue the fight for a fair probe into the case.