The alleged suicide by a woman with her two minor daughters in Goniana last week seems to have divided the district Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership as different leaders are raising different voices on the incident.
As top district SAD leadership, including rural development and panchayat minister Sikander Singh Maluka, chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla and MLA Darshan Singh Kotfatta, attended the bog ceremony at the victim woman’s in-laws’ village Goniana Kalan and expressed solidarity with them, former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and SAD leader Jagdip Singh Nakai paid tributes to the deceased at the bhog ceremony held by the victim’s parents at Fatehgarh Nau Abad village near Talwandi Sabo.
Addressing the people, Nakai said that he has raised the issue with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal personally and demanded arrest of all the accused and will be doing so with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. However, Maluka, in his address, said that the law must take its own course, but it must be ensured that innocent should not be implicated and justice should prevail.
The victim woman’s parents are also close to SAD MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, who had visited them earlier and sent his condolence message one occasion of the bhog also.
Surprisingly, in the absence of any of the family members of the victim’s in-laws, except mother-in-law Balwinder Kaur, the bhog ceremony in Goniana Kalan was managed by SAD supporters of the family. Sarpanch of Dhelwan village Gurlabh Singh, who had also issued an advertisement bearing names of all the accused in vernacular newspaper thanked the people at the bhog. SAD workers reportedly had put in extra efforts to mobilise people at the bhog ceremony there.
None of the accused, who are facing arrest, were seen at the bhog and as per SHO, Nehianwala, Sandeep Singh, police were deployed at and around the place to arrest the accused if found there.
Meanwhile, at the bhog ceremony held by the victim woman’s parents, leader of BKU (Ekta – Ugrahan, Baldev Singh Sandoha announced that if the police failed to nab the accused by November 27, his organisation would chalk out a plan to hold protests. Leaders of Congress, People’s Party of Punjab and Aam Aadmi Party leader Baljinder Kaur too demanded immediate arrest of the accused.
Seven people, including husband Gurlal Singh Brar, his uncle Balkar Singh Brar, who is also district YAD president, Balkar’s wife Rupinder Kaur, his brothers Ikktar Singh Brar and Onkar Singh Brar and their wives Jasbir Kaur and Gaganpreet Kaur have been booked under section 304B of IPC. Bodies of Amanpreet Kaur (32) and her two daughters Guneet Kaur (4) and Mehreen Kaur (1) were found in a water tank last Saturday morning.