The Congress supporter, injured in the post-poll violence last month, died at Rampura Phul near Bathinda on Thursday night.
Mahinder Singh, a resident of Phoolewala village under the Rampura Phul assembly segment, was allegedly attacked by SAD supporters in the village on May 26. However, the police, suspected to have worked under political pressure, despite having registered the incident in the Daily Diary Report (DDR) on the same day, registered an FIR on June 4 only, over a week after the incident.
The village is a part of the Faridkot parliamentary constituency.
Harbans Kaur, sister of the deceased, alleged that her brother was attacked by SAD supporters, including two brothers of the Akali sarpanch of the village, because the family did not support the SAD candidate in the parliamentary elections.
Having suffered serious injuries, including two fractures – one in the arm and another in the knee, the victim was admitted to Rampura Phul civil hospital the same day. Even as the police have claimed that the delay in registering the FIR was due to non-availability of the X-ray report, the logic is inconvincing as the patient was operated upon for arm fracture on May 28 and on May 31 for knee.
She alleged that her brother was not treated properly due to political pressure and was discharged from the hospital in a hurry. He had not fully recovered, so he succumbed to the injuries.
Though the police had entered the incident in its DDR under Section 323 of the IPC, it did not prefer to register a formal FIR for over a week. The FIR was registered on June 4 under Section 325 of IPC against three accused Angrej Singh, Chamkaur Singh and Jagsir Singh. Chamkaur and Jagsir are brothers of the Akali sarpanch of the village Sukhmandar Singh.
A large number of Congress leaders and workers, including Bhucho Mandi MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Malwa zone in-charge Gurpreet Singh Kangar and acting president, Bathinda (rural) Avtar Singh Goniana, who reached the Rampura Phul civil hospital, alleged that the victim died due to poor treatment on the directions of SAD leaders.
Kangar alleged that on the one hand, the hospital worked under pressure of the ruling party leaders, on the other hand, despite the family having approached the SHO, Phul, for registering an FIR, the police did not to do so. “His death shows that the injuries suffered by the victim were of serious nature, but the police, instead of registering a case under Section 307 of IPC for attempt to murder, registered the case under mild Section 325 of IPC,” he alleged.
SMO, Rampura Phul, Amrik Singh Sandhu, denied any laxity in the treatment of the patient and said that the patient was discharged after he showed considerable improvement.
SSP GS Bhullar said that the delay in registering the FIR was not a deliberate but was due to non-availability of the X-ray reports and other medic al re c ords to establish the nature of the injury. “As soon as it was clear that the injury was of grievous nature, a case was registered under Section 325 IPC, that has now been converted into a murder case under Section 302.