The family of 20-year-old Dalit youth Sukhchain Singh, who was killed and had one of his limbs chopped off allegedly by a rival gang of bootleggers on Monday night, finally cremated his body on Friday after the Mansa police nabbed all the six accused.
A petty liquor smuggler, Sukhchain was allegedly in conflict with a group of bootleggers, comprising mostly upper-caste landlords.
Mansa senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mukhwinder Singh, meanwhile, said station house officer (SHO) Chanan Singh, accused of going slow against the liquor smugglers, has been transferred from Kotdharmu police station.He said gangs of liquor smugglers would be under strict vigil as the victim’s gang is allegedly planning a revenge attack.
Ferozepur Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Joginder Singh, who came to attend the cremation, faced protest by the CPI (ML) workers at the cremation ground. He was forced to leave without meeting the victim’s family. People then started raising slogans against the Badal government.
“I am part of the panel probing the killing of the Dalit youth. Findings of the probe will be out in 15 days,” the MLA told HT.
The police had arrested four of the accused by Thursday but the family had refused to cremate the body till all the six were arrested. They had also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and a government job to one of their members.
A total of Rs 10 lakh will be given to the kin, out of which they received Rs 5.6 lakh on Friday. The scheduled castes (SC) commission will provide Rs 7.5 lakh and the state government will contribute Rs 2.5 lakh. The SC commission provided some part of it on Friday while the rest of it will be given after the conviction of the accused. The government share will be provided after the ‘bhog’ ceremony.
The district administration has also recommended the name of victim’s brother Sukhbir Singh for a government job.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted on the issue,
As the State is proceeding against the Mansa case guilty, various political persons are trying to vitiate the atmosphere by making it /1— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016
appear as a dalit vs upper caste clash even though initial reports suggest it is a case of inter-gang rivalry between liquor smugglers /2— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016
The State will not allow the emergence of any gangs in the liquor trade & anyone indulging in any such activity should be arrested /3— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016