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Railway track blocked in Budhlada over 'police inaction' in suicide case

Angry over police inaction in the suicide case of the security guard of a government school here, relatives of the victim, backed by farmers' organisation BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), blocked the New Delhi-Bathinda railway route in Budhlada till late evening on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2015 08:37 IST
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Angry over police inaction in the suicide case of the security guard of a government school here, relatives of the victim, backed by farmers' organisation BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), blocked the New Delhi-Bathinda railway route in Budhlada till late evening on Sunday.

Tarsem, 50, who was employed as a security guard with the government senior secondary school in Bare village in the district, committed suicide on Wednesday. A complaint, addressed to the senior superintendent of police (SSP), Mansa, was recovered from the site where he committed suicide, which revealed that the victim was being tortured and humiliated by the school principal. According to the complaint, the victim was asked to do various jobs other than guarding the school premises. The Government Railway Police (GRP) have registered a case under section 306 of the IPC against the principal and two teachers who are reported to be absconding.

"We are trying our level best to track them but they have switched off their cellphone since the incident happened," said Rajveer Singh, DSP Budhlada sub-division.

Members of the BKU had staged a similar protest on Friday and blocked the rail traffic for about five hours and left only after being assured that the culprits will be brought to book.

"We had given an ultimatum to the police that if the accused are not caught we will organise a rail roko protest on Sunday," said BKU leader Ram Singh.

The family of the victim has not agreed for the postmortem and the body is still lying in the Budhlada civil hospital. Even talks with deputy commissioner Bhupinder Singh Rai failed to resolve the issue.

Trains diverted from Mansa

The protesters, who sat on dharna on the Budhlada railway track around 3 in the afternoon, led to the diversion of two trains. A Delhi-bound passenger train was stopped in Mansa and later cancelled. Delhi-Ganganagar Intercity Express (12481) and Ferozepur Janta Express (19023) were diverted to Bathinda via Dhuri after it reached Jakhal junction. The passengers were seen making beeline to get their tickets cancelled while most of them were hassled due to lack of updates regarding the train timings at the railway station in Mansa.

"I was going to attend a funeral ceremony of a close relative and I am very stressed. I am stuck here in Mansa, an absolutely strange location for me," said a passenger, who was traveling to Mansa. When contacted, the station manager of Mansa railway station said that till the protesters leave the track more trains will be have to be cancelled. "We will announce the cancellation of a few more trains if they don't leave the track by the evening." Meanwhile, a senior police officer, who was deployed there near the site of the protest, confirmed that the protesters may not compromise and may continue their protest.