A large number of people, including relatives of a youth, Kulwant Singh alias Kali, 18, who was engaged as a waiter at a marriage party and had allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Rajasthan canal on February 27, after being beaten up by some unidentified people at the party at Chand Palace, staged a protest, on Friday, along with the body of the youth before the city police station here, alleging that the people, who had beaten him up, had thrown him into the canal.
The police had, earlier, registered a case under section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) against some unidentified people. “We fished out the body of the victim on Thursday night after about two weeks from the Rajasthan canal in Hanumangarh district, Rajasthan. Nobody even helped us to locate the body and we have been given no justice so far as the police are shielding the accused,” alleged Satnam Singh, a neighbour of the deceased’s family.
“He was thrown into the canal by the relatives from the side of the bride. They had thrashed him on some trivial issue. The youth managed to run away, but, they chased him and again started beating him up,” alleged Harjinder Singh, a protester.
“He had jumped not into the canal as was suspected earlier. We have now got a video footage, which shows that he had been beaten, chased and then pushed into the canal,” the protesters claimed.
“We want the registration of a case of murder against the people we have named from the girl’s side on the basis of the video recording,” the protesters demanded.
The protesters sat on the road blocking traffic in front of the city police station, shouting slogans against the police, the administration and the government.
“The police have added section 302 of IPC (murder) to the FIR registered earlier. As the body was fished out only last night. The police are looking into all the aspects of the case and nobody would be spared in the case,” said Varinder Paul Singh, senior superintendent of police, Faridkot. “We are also taking the video into consideration,” he added.