Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA and former Olympian Pargat Singh on Monday lashed out at the police department for its alleged stepmotherly treatment to superintendent of police (SP) Narinder Singh who ended his life on the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) campus on February 5.
Pargat, who along with Narinder (46) had represented India in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the Atlanta Games in 1996, came heavily on the police department and claimed that he would complain against “certain officials” with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who also holds the home portfolio for not paying any heed to the pleas of Narinder in the past two and half years since when he was suspended after being booked for attempt to murder.
The former Indian hockey captain claimed that his friend (Narinder) was an honest and hard-working man but he was isolated by his own department.
“In suspension cases, the police department usually reinstates the suspended officer within six months but it did not happen with Narinder and it dragged him into severe depression,” Pargat said, adding that many officers booked in criminal cases are working at present.
“It was disappointing that an Arjuna awardee, who brought laurels to the country by winning medals, was forced to run from pillar to post to get help from his seniors in the attempt to murder case but his repeated pleas fell on deaf ears,” the SAD MLA said.
The Akali MLA said to add to the woes of the family, no senior official from PAP and police department have even condoled with them.
“I along with Narinder’s wife Sunith Thakur, who also played in Olympic Games, and other family members would meet the deputy chief minister and we will demand justice and probe into this case,” said the MLA, who visited the family on Monday morning.
An attempt-to-murder case was registered Narinder in Delhi in 2013, leading to his suspension. His friends said some people in Delhi had intervened to strike a compromise in the case but things did not materialise as he was unable to arrange the hefty amount they had demanded.