Protest held in Batala against police failure to arrest accused

  • Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times, Batala
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2014 10:15 IST

Scores of migrant labourers held a demonstration against the police at Qadian Chowk here to protest against the failure of the police to arrest the two accused who killed a labourer after he refused to pay them extortion money.

The family of the deceased labourer and his fellow workers holding a demonstration in Batala on Tuesday.
Raising slogans against the police, the protesters placed the body of the deceased in the middle of the road and blocked the traffic for more than two hours.

Blaming the police, deceased’s wife Anju said that even after passing of two days, the police was yet to arrest the two accused, who killed her husband when he refused to give them extortion money.

She said that her husband Pappu Patel, who worked as a daily labourer, had left their house Sunday morning around 7 am. After sometime, a person, who identified himself as Sonu, came to his house and told her that her husband was caught by the police while gambling and demanded Rs 5,000 to get him released.
Anju said that she somehow managed to collect Rs 4,000 from her neighbours and handed that amount to Sonu, who later left the house on the assurance that her husband will be back in an hour or so.

“Around 9.30 pm, I was astonished to listen to the cries of my husband and when I opened the door of our house, I found my husband lying on the road in an injured condition”, she added.

She rushed Pappu to the civil hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. She said that she had three daughters and one son and her husband, Pappu Patel, was the only breadwinner in the family and after his death, life had turned into an “absolute hell” for them. Meanwhile, the police admitted that a gang, operating from Harnam Nagar locality here, was allegedly active in the area.

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