The Punjab Police assistant sub-inspector (ASI), Kulbir Singh, who was found dead during the farmer agitation on Wednesday, was cremated with full police honours at his ancestral village, Bandala, on Thursday.
Emotions ran high as officers led by ADGP (law and order) Dinkar Gupta and the ASI's family looked shocked over his untimely death of Kulbir Singh.
Although police had registered a case under Section 304 of the IPC against nine farmer activists, the family of the deceased cop was unhappy over the action taken by police and demanded that a case under Section 302 must be registered.
The family claimed that there were injury marks on the neck and some other parts of the ASI's body but civil hospital SMO Dr Shamsher Singh told mediapersons after post mortem that there was no obvious injury on the body.
Talking to mediapersons, Simranjit Kaur, wife of the ASI, said, “We are not satisfied with the police action. We demand that a murder case be registered. My husband was on duty and he died there.”
Raminder Singh, brother-in-law of the deceased ASI, said, “The family has suffered a huge loss. The police must act tough and register a case under Section 302 of the IPC against those involved in the incident.”
When questioned on the family's demand, ADGP (law and order) Dinkar Gupta said, “Whatever has happened is very unfortunate. ASI Kulbir Singh was part of the police family and we lost him. Action has been taken against the suspects as per the law. We have also arrested some people.”
Meanwhile, before the start of post mortem at the civil hospital, Tarn Taran, some families of police staff gathered outside the hospital and held a protest, demanding a severe action against those responsible for the ASI's death.
“Our men go for duty and if something happens to them, the police must act tough and see to it that the guilty is not spared. We have to hold a protest for our rights,” said a woman protester.
Tension prevailed in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday when ASI Kulbir Singh, who was in-charge, Manochahal chowki, had to detain some farmers but later his body was found near a drain.
On Wednesday also the family had alleged that the ASI was murdered even as farmer organisations had termed the allegation baseless and demanded a judicial probe into the entire incident.
The police who were initially reluctant to register a case later booked nine farmer activists under Section 304 of the IPC when the family of the ASI sat on a dharna and blocked the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road.