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'Slain' ASI's family, villagers protest; demand job for wife

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 18, 2014
First Published: 22:24 IST(18/2/2014) | Last Updated: 22:29 IST(18/2/2014)

The family of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Kulbir Singh, who was found dead during a farmer agitation in Geobala village last year, along with villagers on Tuesday staged protest and blocked vehicular traffic outside the office of IG border range, accusing the Punjab government of not fulfilling the promise of providing the slain policeman's wife a government job.

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The protesting villagers blocked the traffic for about one hour and lifted the dharna after getting an assurance on the matter.

They raised slogans against the Punjab government and the police department for ignoring the family even after a year of the mishap.

Talking to mediapersons, Simerdeep Kaur, the deceased ASI's wife, said, "My husband was on duty when he
died. Immediately, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised me the job of government teacher. Later on, the condition of test was added. Thereafter, I met the Punjab director general of police (DGP) who promised me a sub-inspector's job. But nothing has been done even eight months have lapsed since."

"My husband lost his life in the line of duty but the government has ignored the family. I have met the chief minister and deputy chief minister but nothing has been done other than assurances," she added.

"I am fighting for my rights and we will intensify the agitation if the government does not listen to us," said the deceased ASI's wife.

The protesting villagers said the government must fulfil the promise and provide the family a government job.

ASI Kulbir Singh, in-charge of Manochahal police post, was found dead about two kilometres away from Geobala village in Tarn Taran district on March 5 last year.

He led a police party and was assigned the task of making preventive arrests in the early hours of the day during the farmers' agitation against the alleged anti-farmers policies of the government.
 
ASI Kulbir Singh, in-charge of Manochahal police post, was found dead 2 km from Geobala village in Tarn Taran on March 5 last year.  He led a police party assigned the task of making preventive arrests during the farmers' agitation against the alleged anti-farmers policies of the government . The deceased cop's wife says despite her having met with the CM, deputy CM and DGP, she has not been given government job despite assurances  
 
"My husband lost his life in the line of duty but the government has ignored the family. I have met the chief minister and deputy chief minister but nothing has been done other than assurances."
— Simerdeep Kaur, deceased ASI Kulbir Singh's wife

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