Wanting to make it big, a farmer’s son, 36-year-old Sarwan Singh, had shifted from Attepur village with his family to Batala in 2006.
“I used to repair electronic items in the village. I shifted to Batala hoping that I will be able to run the cable business successfully. In 2012, I started Gold Fast Cable Network and within a few months, I had more 1,000 subscribers,” said Sarwan.
“But things began to change as office-bearers of Fastway Cables started threatening me and my partner to join them. When we refused, a group of persons led by Fastway Cables in charge Sarabjit Singh Raju and his son attacked us with sharp-edged weapons and firearms on November 5, 2012,” said Sarwan.
Sarwan got a shock of his life when he approached the police. Instead of taking action against Raju and his accomplices, the police booked him under Section 182 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for lodging a false complaint. “We moved the Punjab and Haryana high court and on its directions, a local court ordered a criminal case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 325, 452, 379, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Raju, Simrat Pal Singh Walia, Sandeep Kumar, Angad and Saurav Chauhan,” said Sarwan.
The police delayed their arrest and they managed to get stay orders from the High Court, said Sarwan. “My partner, on whose statement the case was registered, also joined hands with Fastway Cables. During all these years, I got numerous threat calls to withdraw my complaint, but am fighting for justice,” he added.
“After my partner joined them, I approached the high court to treat me as the main complainant in the case, he said, On January 8, Sarwan’s former partner along with office-bearers of Fastway Cables barged into his office and damaged the equipment. “I again tried to lodge a complaint, but the police registered a case against me under Section 380 of the IPC. The police are working at the behest of the cable mafia,” he alleged.
Fearing threat to his life, Sarwan has written to the Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice, Punjab State Human Rights Organisation, Punjab director general of police and Batala senior superintendent of police seeking security for him and his family.