A 25-year-old Dalit youth, on Wednesday morning, succumbed to his injuries, which he had sustained after being assaulted allegedly by liquor contractors at Jhaneri village on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Bhupinder Singh (25), a resident of Phaguwal village in Sangrur.
The father of the deceased, Harminder Singh, said around one year ago Kulwinder Singh, a liquor contractor, filed an FIR against Bhupinder for selling illicit liquor, the case for which was under proceedings till now. “However, a month ago, the contractor started forcing Bhupinder to join his work and smuggle liquor. But Bhupinder refused to do the same,” he added.
Harminder said, on Sunday when Bhupinder was out with his friends at 9 pm, he called that he would be coming home shortly. However, Bhupinder never returned home. Harminder said he was sure that Kulwinder and other liquor contractors had beaten his son. He added that the police called him and informed that his son had been injured and was lying at the roadside at Jhaneri village. The police, meanwhile, admitted Bhupinder in the Bhawanigarh hospital.
“From there Bhupinder was referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. On Tuesday, he was referred to DMC, Ludhiana where he died during treatment, on Wednesday morning,” said the father.
Meanwhile, a police official said on the statement of Harminder, they have registered a case against the liquor contractors under various sections and further investigations were on in the matter.
The police said the body has been sent for postmortem. Meanwhile, the accused are still at large.
Meanwhile, the villagers came on roads to protest against the incident and blocked the national highway 64 for over two hours. The villagers have alleged that the police knew where the accused were and are trying to protect them. They said they did not feel safe in Punjab anymore and demanded the police to arrest the accused soon.
Protesters demand arrest of murderers of Dalit girl
Meanwhile, during the protest, residents of Balial village also reached the site. The villagers demanded the arrest of accused in the murderer of a dalit girl whose body was found in a canal at Sangrur on May 5. The protesters said it had been more than a month and the police have yet not arrested the main accused of the murder. The villagers alleged that all the crimes were happening under the eyes of Punjab Police and instead of nabbing the culprits, the police were busy covering up the accused.