A few more arrests in the Abohar farmhouse case are no guarantee of safety to survivor Gurjant Singh. The man whose hand, arm and leg were severed continues to fear that the accused Akali leader will kill him and his family.
On Tuesday, he shared his fears with Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Kumar Sampla, who visited him at a hospital here. “I see threat to my life from (liquor baron Shiv Lal) Doda,” his first few words since surgery came out before the minister. Till Monday, the survivor had not come out of shock and sedation, and now he dreads never being able to use his reattached limbs normally again.
“(Murder victim) Bhim and I were called to Doda’s farmhouse for a compromise. Doda claims even a bird can’t be slaughtered at his farmhouse, while two men were maimed there,” Gurjant said in a feeble voice. The minister assured him that all culprits would be punished. Gurjant’s elder brother and a witness to the brutality at the farmhouse, Ranjit Singh, recalled how 35 men surrounded them before they chopped the limbs of Gurjant and Bhim. “Police are trying to pass it off as gang war; but 35 men against two is no gang war,” he said.
Dodas main accused for us, says minister
“For us, Shiv Lal Doda and (liquor baron’s nephew) Amit Doda are two main accused in the case. Earlier, they were not named as such, but now they are, and the Scheduled Castes Act has been invoked,” said Sampla.
The minister it was the most brutal attack ever reported in Punjab and deserved to be condemned. “Justice would be done. Orders are out to spare no culprit. The ruling alliance has nothing to do with the accused, whose clout can’t save them,” he said.
Claiming that Doda had opposed the alliance in the elections, Sampla said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh had denied his party’s association with the accused.
Compensation to victim’s family
The minister said that from the compensation fund for Backward Class people, more than `5 lakh had been paid on Tuesday to victim Bhim’s family and his ministry had announced another `5 lakh.
‘Govt not involved’
Responding to a query about the demand for sacking the Punjab government over the Abohar farmhouse incident, Union minister of state Vijay Kumar Sampla said on Tuesday that the government was not involved in the crime. “This was not gang war but cruelty,” he said, “and it will be dealt with firmly.”