Kin of deceased youth block highway, cause traffic snarls
Family members of a 27-year-old youth, who died under mysterious circumstances in the Phagwara sub jail on July 3, blocked the national highway for more than two hours near Goraya on Thursday.
Family members of Gurpreet Singh alleged two months had passed since his death his death in police custody but police were still clueless about the case. Moreover, the family had also not seen the postmortem reports.
The villagers blocked the national highway for nearly two hours near Goraya town that completely paralysed movement of traffic. Police later diverted the traffic from local village routes.
The protesters said that the lukewarm response in investigation had forced them to come on to the roads to protest and they demanded action against the sub jail staff.
Balwinder Kaur, mother of the deceased, alleged that police took her only son away by initially trapping him in a false drug case and then they received the news of his death.
As per the case, deceased Gurpreet alias Gopi of Mahal village was arrested on June 20 by the Phagwara police from his house and he later died on the night of July 3 under mysterious circumstances in a government hospital where he was admitted by the police after his sugar levels suddenly fell.
However, family members of the deceased claimed that Gopi was falsely implicated in the drug case and police torture led to his death.
Paramjeet Singh, father of the deceased, said that though the postmortem was conducted at the Phagwara Civil Hospital, the reports had not come and police were also doing nothing in the case.
"My only son died due to the negligence of the police and I just want justice for him at any cost," Paramjeet Singh said.
The villagers calmed down when the superintendent of police (detective) HPS Khakh and deputy superintendent of police Phillaur Parminder Singh reached the spot and assured the family members they would investigate the case and a proper inquiry would be conducted.
Villagers said if the police still did not swing into action, they had no other option left other than holding protests outside the deputy commissioner's office for justice.
Khakh said case they have referred to kapurthala distruct. And will take action against the protesters.