Four days after a 23-year-old youth slapped chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a road show in Panipat, former Haryana home minister Subhash Batra has alleged that the youth could be in illegal police custody as he was untraceable.
Kamal Makhija, who hails from Gohana of Sonepat district, was taken into police custody after he attacked the chief minister, but was later let off the same day. Now, Kamal, along with his mother, is reportedly missing.
Batra, who is president of Punjabi Jagriti Manch, said that the youth was a science graduate and working as a medical representative in Bhiwani. He said that Kamal was not depressed as told by the police, but was disgruntled as he had paid money for getting a government job.
Batra alleged that Kamal's case was an example that youths are being forced to pay money for getting jobs in the government sector.
Father, police refute Batra's claims
Kamal's father Mahesh Makhija refuted the theory of illegal detention of Kamal, saying, "My son has gone on a religious trip to Rajasthan with his mother and would be back in some days." He, however, refused to share any contact number of his son. He even contradicted Batra's claim that Kamal had paid money to get a government job and rather thanked the chief minister for pardoning his son for his foolish act.
Refuting the claims of keeping the youth in illegal police detention, Rohtak range inspector general of police, Anil Kumar Rao, said that the man in question was not in Rohtak range police custody and if he came across any such report of police detention, he would take strict action against the police officer.
Family under police surveillance
The movements of family members of Kamal Makhija are being closely monitored by police officials in civil dress. Local shopkeepers in the main bazaar, Gohana, near Kamal's home, had been instructed by cops not to speak to mediapersons regarding the matter. Sources said that Kamal's father Mahesh Makhija too had been instructed by the police to keep mum. Mahesh reportedly has not opened his tea shop for the last four days and has been spending time inside his house.