The family and relatives of 18-year-old Pavitar Singh of Chait Singh Wala village, who was killed in poll-related violence during panchayat elections on July 3, on Monday tried to stage a protest at the mini-secretariat here.
But the police stopped them on the outskirts of the village where they sat on a protest."We want to hold a peaceful protest at the district headquarters as the accused in the murder case are still roaming free even after three weeks of the incident. But the police did not allow us to reach there and have stopped us here," alleged the father of the deceased youth.
The police blocked the only link road leading to the village from Maccaki Kalan and blocked the link road.
Pavitar had been killed allegedly by a bullet fired by inspector Gurcharan Singh. The two groups from the ruling party had clashed on the issue of recounting of votes polled for the post of sarpanch, in which three people were also injured.
In a cross-case, the police registered an FIR against one Amarjeet Singh and unidentified people under section 307 of the IPC, while only a DDR was registered against the accused police inspector and newly elected sarpanch Parwinder Singh under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. However, no arrests have been made so far.
After the incident, the district police had formed a special investigation team to investigate the case, but the inquiry report is yet to be submitted.
"The police have not taken any action against the accused cop and the village sarpanch. They are roaming free and the sarpanch has even been provided two gunmen for security, alleged Jagseer Singh," cousin of the deceased youth.
"The family is being approached for reaching a compromise but we want justice," said Pala Singh, a relative.
Though most protesters were stopped 11 km way from Faridkot, some of them reached Faridkot where they held a meeting with the joint action committee that had been formed after the abduction of a minor girl, and the Bharti Kisan Union Krantikari.
"We will help get justice to the family and chalk out the future strategy," said the members of the joint action committee at the mini-secretariat.
"Bharti Kisan Union Krantikari will also extend support to the family," said the union activists who had also reached there to support the family.
Later, a delegation of protesters met deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, demanding the submission of the investigation report at the earliest besides compensation and a job for a member of the family.
"The SSP has assured them that the inquiry report would be submitted soon. As far as compensation and job are concerned, we will write to the government," said Bhagat.
"The findings of the SIT would be submitted shortly as it took time because of forensic examination and other aspects. The family will get justice," said SSP Gurmeet Singh Randhawa.