The kin of former block Youth Congress chief Sukhraj Singh Bhagupur, who was murdered around three years ago, and Punjab Congress general secretary Harminder Singh Gill, on Friday, alleged that the accused in the murder case are being provided VIP facilities inside the jail.
Thanks to leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Sarwan Singh Bhagupur and Sukhwinder Singh, who are serving imprisonment in the Patti sub-jail, are not only using telephones and a television sets in the jail, but are also paying frequent visits to their homes on the pretext of medical checkups, said the family members at a press conference held here on Friday.
While showing their pictures of enjoying freedom out of the jail, Gill alleged that during the hearing of the case, both the accused came in their own SUV without any handcuffs and the cops were seen giving them protection as if they were VIPs.
APPEAL TO DGP
“The Congress held a number of agitations to get the killer arrested, but the ruling party is still allowing them luxurious life even inside the jail,” the Congress leader said, making an appeal to Punjab DGP to issue directions to Tarn Taran police not to give shelter to the accused.
The deceased’s father Daljit Singh said that witnesses are being registered in the case and the accused are openly threatening the witnesses of serious consequences. “Our family is under threat of the accused, who still have the potential to cause any kind of damage to our lives. If they attack us, the police would be responsible for that,” he said.
He sought that the accused be shifted to another jail to prevent the freedom they are enjoying right now. Sukhraj’s wife Manjinder Kaur threatened to sit on a fast-unto-death outside Tarn Taran SSP’s office in case the police failed withdraw the facilities given to the accused.
In 2013, Bhagupur was shot dead in front of the village gurdwara when he came there to pay obeisance with his father. He died on way to hospital. The incident turned a political issue as the murder was allegedly staged by SAD activists.