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Sugar mill GM suspended for union president's suicide

Bowing to the pressure of the Gurdaspur Sugar Mill Mazdoor Union, deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha has suspended Gurdaspur Co-operative Sugar Mill general manager Balbir Singh Jaffal for allegedly driving union president Harjit Singh to suicide.

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2012 13:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Bowing to the pressure of the Gurdaspur Sugar Mill Mazdoor Union, deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha has suspended Gurdaspur Co-operative Sugar Mill general manager Balbir Singh Jaffal for allegedly driving union president Harjit Singh to suicide.

Harjit Singh, who ended his life on Monday night, had left a suicide note accusing the mill GM and two reporters of a private TV channel of forcing him to take the extreme step.

On the statement of the deceased's wife Gurmit Kaur, the Dina Nagar police had registered a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against Balbir Singh Jaffal and reporters Jaspal Singh of Babbehali village and Ravinder Singh Saini of Bhattian village.

In a suicide note, Harjit Singh, a resident of Nardan village, stated that the mill GM had suspended him twice in this year after he exposed Jaffal's "illegal" activities, including making the mill workers work at his farm at Gharota village.

The deceased had also alleged that the two TV reporters had taken Rs 5,000 from him to record footage of the mill labourers working at Jaffal's farm. They had reportedly promised to telecast the footage on their TV channel, but sold the recording to the GM for money, the note claimed.

After Harjit Singh's death, his relatives and the mill workers staged a sit-in at the Post Office Chowk and blocked traffic on the GT Road on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to seek suspension and arrest of Jaffal and the TV channel reporters.

The protesters had announced that they would not perform the last rites of the deceased till their demands were accepted.

On Thursday, the deputy commissioner ordered suspension of Jaffal and promised to give job to the deceased's wife or daughter in the mill.

The DC also assured to provide compensation to the family of the deceased before his 'bhog' ceremony. The body of the deceased was cremated at his native village in the presence of the mill workers and his relatives.