When Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was presiding over a ‘sangat darshan’ at Amarpura village in Abohar, a 27-year-old resident of the same village allegedly committed suicide by ‘inhaling’ poison in front of a police station for alleged police inaction over his complaint.
The cops found him lying unconscious in front of the police station and moved him to the civil hospital in an ambulance where he died in the evening.
“Today at 12.30pm, Kuldeep Kumar filed a complaint with the Bahawala police station and, later on, when an ASI visited his house, he was not found there. But, the police found him lying unconscious in front of the City-I police station in Abohar. An ambulance was called which took him to the civil hospital,” said Narinder Bhargav, SSP, Fazilka.
“A police team of Bahawala police station later reached the civil hospital to record the statement of the victim at about 3.30pm, but he was declared unfit to record his statement by the doctor concerned,’ claimed the SSP. “Investigation into the case is on and whosoever is found guilty would be taken to task,” said the SSP.
During search, a suicide note was recovered from the victim in which he named Rakesh Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Sunder Kumar, Shanker Lal, Manoj Kumar and Sanjay Kumar, his co-villagers, responsible for the extreme step.
The victim had complained against all six persons at Bahawala police station, but none met hime as police were busy at the CM’s ‘sangat darshan’. Later, he went to local city-I police station for help, but the police refused to entertain him as Amarpura village was not under their jurisdiction, said sources.
Kuldeep sat near a canter in front of the city-I police station and allegedly inhaled ‘celphos’, the sources added.
“The suicide by a common man due to apathetic attitude of the administration, that too when the state’s CM was holding a sangat darshan in his home village, itself speaks about the credibility of such politically motivated programme,” said chief spokesperson of the Congress and Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar.
“Sangat darshans are not only wastage of time and money, but also adversely affect the law and order situation in the state.”