Chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu was in the city on Saturday to condole with the family of Inderpal Ahuja, a 25-year-old Dugri-based mobile shop owner who jumped in front of a running train on Friday and died. Ahuja was upset after alleged harassment by the police.
Sidhu assured the family that justice will be delivered and demanded cops be booked for abetment to suicide. She stated Ahuja’s Facebook status was “proof enough” that he died due to harassment by cops.
“This is not merely a suicide case; the grim reality is that police often operate under pressure from politicians and there is a bigger nexus in place wherein cops do not fear taking law into their hands. I have decided to write to chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, the director general of police and also Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she told HT.
Sidhu alleged no FIR was registered against the cops because Ahuja’s family was poor. “The DGP must intervene and ensure the family gets justice and compensation in time,” she added.
Meanwhile, a ‘bhog’ ceremony for the deceased will be held at Model Town Extension gurdwara on Tuesday. The authorities are likely to announce monetary compensation and a government job to Ahuja’s sister at the ceremony.
Ahuja’s relatives, however, dismissed Sidhu’s visit as a mere ‘political gimmick’ and said it hardly served any purpose. One of the relatives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “We have lost a son, and everyone knows he cannot be brought back to his family again. Such visits by high-profile politicians or police officers will do nothing now.”
‘Lost my only hope’
Ahuja’s mother, Kuldeep Kaur, also said compensation will not matter. “I have lost the only hope of my life. No mother in the world would wish such a fate for herself,” she said, adding Inderpal was the lone bread winner of the family after his father’s death a few years ago. Kaur said Inderpal always kept to his work and never fought with anyone. “It is only now that I know that he was blackmailed by cops who extorted money from him. He never tell me anything,” she added.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Jatinder Singh Aulakh formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by Sandeep Garg, ADCP-2 Ludhiana. The team has begun investigation and the accused officers, SHO (Station House Officer) Dugri Davinder Chaudhary, assistant sub-inspector Buta Singh and head constable Swaran Singh, have been suspended. Strict action would be taken against the guilty, Aulakh said. The team will submit its report on Monday.