Gurmukh Singh Khalsa, 75, was the first to raise his voice against the cable mafia led by Raju. “I prayed for Jassi’s life, but now that he is gone, I hope his sacrifice will not go in vain and something positive will emerge in this cut-throat (cable) competition,” said Khalsa, a resident of Nagar Nigam Colony.
He and his two sons jumped into the cable business in 1992. Later, he felt that he had committed a folly as a powerful lobby controlled the business in Amritsar. He would even go to areas from where complaints were made of cable connections being snapped. The mafia offered Khalsa free-of-cost cable signals, but he refused.
He was called to police stations in 2009 on complaints filed by the cable mafia. His wife could not bear the mental torture and was hospitalised in 2009, and she died the following year. Khalsa suffered paralysis and is still to recover.
Khalsa remained the chairman of the cable operators’ welfare union for six years from 2002. In 2003, when the Siti Cable sex scandal surfaced, Khalsa encouraged cable operators who were listed as witnesses by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Though he was not a witness in the case, he would still go to Patiala for hearings in the CBI court.
“In 2007, when the SAD-BJP government came to power, the scenario began to change. All those who were witnesses in the sex scandal began to turn hostile and the case was finally lost,” said Khalsa.
His sons have already given up the cable business, having suffered financial losses.