Mansa Dalit youth murder case: All 6 accused arrested, family cremates body
The family of the Dalit youth Sukhchain Singh finally cremated his body on Friday after all the six accused were nabbed by the Mansa police.punjab Updated: Oct 14, 2016 21:45 IST
The family of the Dalit youth Sukhchain Singh finally cremated his body on Friday after all the six accused were nabbed by the Mansa police.
A petty liquor smuggler, Sukhchain was allegedly in conflict with a group of upper caste landlords. He was abducted and killed by a rival group of liquor smugglers on Monday evening and one of his legs was chopped off.
Ferozepur Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Joginder Singh, who came to attend the cremation, faced protest by the CPI (ML) workers at the cremation ground. He was forced to leave without meeting the victim’s family. People then started raising slogans against the Badal government.
Meanwhile, the MLA said, “I am a part of the committee probing the killing of the Dalit youth. Findings of the probe will be out within 15 days.”
The police had arrested four of the accused by Thursday but the family had refused to cremate the body till all the six were arrested. They had also demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and a government job to one of their members.
A total of Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the kin of Sukhchain, out of which they received Rs 5.62 on Friday. Mansa district administration has recommended the victim’s brother, Sukhbir Singh, for a government job.
Scheduled caste (SC) commission will provide Rs 7.5 lakh and the state government will provide the rest Rs 2.5 lakh. The SC commission provided some part of it on Friday while the rest of it will be given after the conviction of the accused. The government share will be provided after the ‘bhog’ ceremony.
Mansa senior superintendent of police (SSP ) Mukhwinder Singh said, gangs of liquor smugglers will be under strict vigil as victim’s gang is planning a revenge attack. He also informed that station house officer(SHO)Chanan Singh, accused for going slow against the liquor smugglers, has been transferred from Kotdharmu police station.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted on the issue,
As the State is proceeding against the Mansa case guilty, various political persons are trying to vitiate the atmosphere by making it /1— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016
appear as a dalit vs upper caste clash even though initial reports suggest it is a case of inter-gang rivalry between liquor smugglers /2— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016
The State will not allow the emergence of any gangs in the liquor trade & anyone indulging in any such activity should be arrested /3— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) October 13, 2016
First Published: Oct 14, 2016 14:08 IST