The Punjab government on Monday announced Rs. 20 lakh in compensation for the family of the Dalit man murdered in Changali Wala village in Sangrur district.
The decision was announced after a meeting between three cabinet ministers and other high officials with the deceased’s widow Manjit Kaur and other family members.
Cabinet Ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Charanjit Singh, Vijay Inder Singla and CM’s Secretary Political Capt Sandeep Sandhu represented the government at the meeting held at the Chief Minister’s Office.
After the meeting, the family lifted their protest dharna outside the residence of former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in her native village Lehra.
It was decided at the meeting that the deceased’s widow would be provided a group-D job near her residence, thereby giving relaxation in the prescribed educational qualification. It was also decided to provide free ration up to six months to the family. The entire expenditure on the bhog of deceased would be borne by the state government.
Further, the state would provide Rs. 1.25 lakh for the repair of the house of Jagmail Singh. The Government has also decided to provide free education to the deceased’s children studying in class ninth, sixth and first, up to graduation level.
Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann raised the issue of the man's death on the first day of Parliament's Winter Session in Delhi on Monday.
Activists of several organisations also staged a protest outside senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal's house at Lehra in Sangrur district.
Jagmel Singh, who was badly thrashed and forced to drink urine in Sangrur district, had succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning at the PGIMER here. His legs had to be amputated by doctors because of infection during the treatment.
On October 21, the victim, who was a resident of Changaliwala village, had entered into an altercation with Rinku and some other people over some issue. The matter was resolved with the intervention of villagers, the police said.
Jagmel Singh (in pic
) later told the police that Rinku called him to his house on November 7 to talk about the issue. He had alleged that he was thrashed by four people with a stick and an iron rod after being tied to a pillar, and was forced to drink urine when he asked for water.
The police had said that the accused had claimed that the victim was abusing them. Rinku, Amarjit, Yadwinder and Binder were arrested on charges of abduction, wrongful confinement, and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Act at the Lehra police station, the police said.
According to an official spokesperson, the family was informed that the Chief Minister has ordered a comprehensive probe by an ADGP rank officer into the murder case. The Chief Minister has ordered the police the challan in the case within a week. All effort would be made to ensure stringent punishment for the culprits within three months.
The ADGP has also been mandated to probe the lapses by the officers, if any, to fix their accountability.
The spokesperson disclosed that DGP Dinkar Gupta had deputed ADGP Gurpreet Deo to undertake the enquiry and to submit a list of recommendations so as to prevent such unfortunate incidents/delays if any in filing the case, in the future. The enquiry officer‘s responsibility should also be fixed to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the erring officers, said the DGP.
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