The National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Thursday pulled up the Punjab government for failing to come to the aid of Gurjant Singh alias Janta, a man whose limbs were chopped off in the brutal incident at the farmhouse of an Akali leader in Abohar on December 11.
Commission vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka expressed concern after meeting the victim at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment. While Gurjant was seriously injured in the incident, his friend Bhim Sain died after his limbs were also chopped off.
“It seems the government is more interested in protecting the interests of the alleged accused in this incident,” he said. The victim and his family have been totally ignored, he remarked after being told by the family that no official of the government had cared to visit them in hospital and inquire about Gurjant’s condition.
The family also told Verka that not a single penny had come from the government for the treatment of Gurjant.
Taking a serious view of this, Verka said that on behalf of the commission, he will be issuing a notice to the state government to explain its conduct vis-a-vis its failure to provide monetary help and inquire about the well-being of the family. The government seems to be more concerned about protecting the two main accused, Akali leader Shiv Lal Doda and his nephew Amit.
Verka, who is also a local Congress MLA, also expressed concern over the security of Gurjant and his family members, who claimed that they were being threatened by Doda’s men. The vice-chairman was taken aback when he saw just one policeman on duty outside the room of Gurjant in the hospital. He took note that the lone policeman was unarmed.
He was informed by the lone policeman outside the room that he along with two of his colleagues had been assigned the task of standing on guard duty outside the room of the victim. However, the other two cops were nowhere to been seen.
An angry Verka thereafter called up the ADGP (crime) and pulled him up for failing to ensure the safety of Gurjant and his family members. The ADGP assured him that more armed guards will be deployed.
Verka also recorded the statement of Gurjant on the December 11 happenings. The vice-chairman later noted that this was one of the most brutal crimes to have ever taken place in Punjab.