A day after a Punjab police aspirant died after being hit by a hammer at the multi-purpose hall in Guru Nanak Stadium, family members of the victim are alleging that it was a “planned murder” and not a mishap as is being stated by the athletes.
Raj Kumar, father of the deceased Istar (23), alleged that the accused Harjot Singh, who is a constable with the Punjab Police, had been harassing his daughter for some time now.
“My daughter had told me that Harjot used to harass her when she went for exercise at the multi-purpose hall. I advised her to ignore it as any controversy could go against her, as she is preparing to join the police force,” said Raj Kumar.
“On Friday, one of her friends called me and said that Istar was hit by a hammer thrown by Harjot Singh and she had been rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). She told me that Harjot had intentionally thrown the hammer towards them. While she managed to escape unhurt, Istra was not as lucky and the hammer hit her head,” he added.
On Sunday the family visited the multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Stadium and claimed that the hammer could reach the point where the girls were present. It seems that the hammer was thrown at them from some other place.
The victim’s father said that he had been urging the police to lodge a murder case and not a case of accidental case but to no avail.
When contacted inspector Jagdeep Singh, SHO at police station division number 8, said according that according to prima facie evidence it seems to be a mishap. “The investigation is on and the police will take appropriate action after investigating the matter,” the SHO said.
Family says autopsy conducted only after repeated pleas
Raj Kumar added that the family was harassed by the police and staff of civil hospital. On Saturday, when the police sent the dead body to civil hospital, the staff refused to conduct autopsy claiming that it is too late. He said the autopsy was finally conducted after repeated pleas. He also added that the police called him to the police station on Saturday to fulfill formalities and kept him waiting for long.