Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajan Angural has been booked by the city police for abetment to suicide after the death of lineman Ram Shankar on Monday morning. Ram Shankar was allegedly beaten up by Angural and others in Ram Sharanam colony when the victim had gone there to repair a snag in the electric feeder on June 11.
The family and Powercom employees alleged that the police took action against the accused only after Shankar’s death as a complaint was lodged against Angural and others on the same day. Action was not taken immediately due to political pressure, they alleged. The deceased’s son Ranjeet, in his complaint to the police, had said that on June 11 around 3 am, his father called him to his office in Adarsh Nagar, where he told him about the thrashing by Angural and others.
“My father told me that he was beaten up in a ‘naked’ position by Angural when he had gone there to repair a fault in Ram Sharnam Colony, Basti Danishmanda,” said Ranjeet, adding that when they reached home his father went into depression and his condition deteriorated.
He said that he took his father to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), but he died on Monday morning.
After getting information about their colleague’s death, hundreds of Powercom employees gathered at the Football Chowk and blocked the road for an hour. They raised slogans against the Akali-BJP government alleging hooliganism by Angural and his goons.
The protesters demanded registration of a murder case against Angural.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, industrial security) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu, SHO, police staiton-2, Prem Kumar, and others arrived there and pacified the agitators.
They lifted their dharna only after the registration of a case against Angural and two unidentified persons under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Surprisingly, the police registered a case under abetment to suicide as there is no mention in the complaint that the lineman committed suicide.