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Abetment to suicide: Ex-sarpanch's family seeks high-level probe

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, June 16, 2013
First Published: 00:34 IST(16/6/2013) | Last Updated: 00:34 IST(16/6/2013)

The family of former sarpanch of Kukran village and general secretary of the district Congress committee Tejinder Singh alias Ladoo, who had shot himself dead on June 13, has demanded a high-level probe into the matter.

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The Mahilpur police have registered an abetment to suicide case against three persons, but the family alleged that many more persons were involved in the case, whom the police were shielding.

Deceased's wife Daljit Kaur revealed that her husband had entered into a deal with two Tanda-based persons Narinder Kumar and Surinder Singh through Hoshiarpur-based Mangat Ram to sell his 28-acre property at Mehlanwali.

"The deal was settled at Rs. 19.7 lakh per acre, but later the prospective buyers insisted on executing the deal at the rate of Rs. 8 lakh, which my husband refused," Daljit claimed.

She alleged that her husband was given threats that if he did not concede he would be implicated in false cases claiming that they were agents of a senior police official. She said the above mentioned persons and their accomplices forced Tejinder to return the advance amount and instead sell another plot in Saila Khurd.

"Fearing threat to his own life and of our son, my husband had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court on May 30 under Section 482 of the IPC, seeking directions to state of Punjab, Hoshiarpur SSP, Mahilpur SHO and the Saila Khurd police post in charge to provide him protection and not implicate him in any false case," said Daljit.

"Bowing to their pressure, my husband had gone for a negotiation with the said persons on June 13, but he was so much terrorised that he committed suicide in his car," she alleged.

Tejinder's son Kirandeep alleged that due to the pressure of the higher authorities, the police declined to register an FIR following the suicide of his father.

"It was after hours of struggle and arguments that a case was finally registered, but that too against three persons only, whereas in the writ petition my father had expressed fear from 11 persons," said Kirandeep. He demanded a high-level inquiry from an independent authority.

"We want justice. All those responsible for my father's death must be punished," he added.

Senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill could not be contacted for comment, while SP (detective) Jagmohan Singh said the investigation had already begun.

"We have registered the first information report on the statement of the deceased's family. If they want some more names to be included they can give in writing. The police are not shielding anyone," he asserted.

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