It has been a year since the Swan claimed the life of tipper driver Surjeet Singh after his vehicle drowned in the rivulet, the mining department and the police have failed to register a case against those involved in illegal mining and hiring of tippers for transporting sand and gravel.
The incident took place in June last year when the vehicles drowned in the deep water of the rivulet in the midnight hours.
As per police records, the mining operator, Joginder Singh, a resident of Nangran village, situated on the Swan banks, had paid Rs 6 lakh as compensation to the bereaved family with a written agreement that they would not pursue any legal action against him.
A lawyer from Roopnagar later filed a petition in the district court for registration of a case against Joginder, and a due compensation to the bereaved family under the Workman’s Compensation Act.
The deceased was survived by his wife, two children and elderly father.
“He was my only son, and two of my daughters are married in far-away places,” said 60-year-old Des Raj, Surjeet’s father. He now has to support his son’s widow and their two school-going children.