Senior Congress leader and Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar’s private secretary Sanjeev Trikha was allegedly thrashed on Tuesday by police when he was leading a protest to get an abetment to suicide case registered in Abohar.
Billa Patti, a Dalit of Natha Singh village in Abohar, had consumed poison on Monday allegedly because he was being harassed by co-villagers and died. Billa’s family wanted legal action against his ‘tormentors’ and when police didn’t pay heed to their demand, they sought help from Jakhar, who deputed Trikha to pursue the matter with the police.
On Tuesday, Trikha led a group and staged a protest against the police inaction on Hanumangarh Road. The protesters raised anti-police slogans and cops assured to register an abetment to suicide case. The protesters refused to lift the blockade till they are provided a copy of the FIR and refused to receive Billa’s body from civil hospital, leading to confrontation.
A police team led by DSP Gurbhej Singh allegedly thrashed Trikha and took him to the police station. When a number of Congressmen reached the police station and Jakhar raised the matter with the senior police officers, Trikha was set free.
Fazilka SSP Narendra Bhargav said there was no deliberate delay in registration of abetment to suicide case as a probe was underway. “We have registered the case and also held one person,” he said. On allegations of Trikha, he said he will look into the matter.
Meanwhile, those who have been booked for abetment to suicide have been identified as Roshan, Jagga, Tehal Singh, Gochi, Maani, Gulab Singh and Sunita Mahant.