The Punjab government has recommended the withdrawal of culpable homicide charges against farmers in connection with the death of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) during an agitation, based on the findings of a one-member judicial commission that he died of a heart attack.
The justice CR Goel Commission held that ASI Kulbir Singh's death during a farmers' agitation in Tarn Taran district in March was due to a heart attack, as confirmed by medical reports.
"The accused, who were stated to be present at the place of the incident and allegedly manhandled the police officer, don't seem to be responsible for his death," the report said.
According to an official spokesperson, justice Goel had submitted the report to the state home department on December 6. The department further examined the contents of the report.
It also recommended the initiation of proceedings in the competent court for withdrawal of cases registered against the accused (farmers) under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he said.
However, the accused would face trial for the commission of offences punishable under various sections of the IPC.
In March, the ASI was found dead under suspicious circumstances at Geobala village in Tarn Taran district in the wake of farmers' proposed 'rail roko' agitation.
The police had booked and arrested several farmers, holding them responsible for the ASI's death. Several farmers' unions, including Bhartiya Kisan Union, had condemned the police action in this incident.