The police have ruled out the possibility of murder in the death case of security guard Harmail Singh, who died after falling from the third floor of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here on Friday.
According to sources in the police department, the cause of death has not been confirmed yet as the post-mortem report is awaited, but the initial investigations have revealed that the guard slipped and lost control while he was standing near a window on the third floor wing, which houses the dermatology, ENT and psychiatric wards.
As per initial unconfirmed reports, Harmail Singh tried to stop a psychiatry patient from consuming drugs in the washroom of the ward, which led to an altercation between the two, following which the patient pushed the guard from the third-floor window.
Nirmal Singh, Sarpanch of Wadiyala village of Hoshiarpur district from where Harmail hailed, was present at PIMS to show solidarity with the family of the deceased and "keep an eye on the investigations". While talking to the HT, Nirmal said that the initial investigations have revealed that this is a case of accidental death.
Anil Puri, regional manager of G4S security solutions, the company with which Harmail was employed, said that the company will stand by the family members. He also announced an immediate payment of `10,000 to the family of the deceased to carry out his last rites.
Puri added that with a contribution from other staff members and clubbing it with the provident fund, gratuity and insurance amount of the deceased, his family will be given `6 to 7 lakh within two months.