Victim’s family seeks justice, accuses govt of sheltering accused
Unhappy with the attitude of Amritsar Police, the family of deceased cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi, along with friends, relatives and a few cable operators, took out a candlelight march on Tuesday and blamed the state government for sheltering the accused.punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2015 09:21 IST
Unhappy with the attitude of Amritsar Police, the family of deceased cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi, along with friends, relatives and a few cable operators, took out a candlelight march on Tuesday and blamed the state government for sheltering the accused.
Demanding justice for Jassi, they staged a protest against the police and the state government. Accusing the police of sheltering accused Sarabjit Singh Raju and Pritpal Singh Lalli, the family said the police seemed in no mood to nab those named in the suicide note as there was political pressure on them.
Showing a written assurance given by the police that all accused would be nabbed in 24 hours, the family alleged that the police were befooling them.
As the residents and the family blocked the main Hall Gate for an hour, slogans against the Punjab Police, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, the state government, besides Raju and Lalli were raised.
As police officials tried to convince the family that efforts were being made to nab the accused, the family termed it as mere assurance saying the police had no guts to nab the influential.
Balbir Kaur, wife of the deceased, said, “Now all those who harassed my husband must come and harass me. Where are the CBI and the Punjab Police? What about the security of my kids? I will fight for justice.”
The family and relatives were seen having heated arguments with the police officials, who reached the spot. The protesters questioned the police about the gunmen with Raju, wondering how the police could not track Raju who had their own gunmen with him. Interestingly, police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh was unaware that Raju had gunmen.
However, the police who have failed to nab any of the accused, were seen protecting Raju’s office. “We deployed force at the office of Raju just to ensure that nobody does any damage to it,” the police commissioner said.
Meanwhile, a heavy police party led by ADCP (1) Parampal Singh, ACP Harjit Dhaliwal and ACP Brar were present at Hall Gate to convince the family.
Cong, AAP comein support
Slamming the police for remaining on the backfoot and not arresting the accused, the leaders of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party joined the family during the protest. Congress leader and district rural party chief Gurjit Aujla demanded immediate arrest of the suspects and assured the family that they would stand by it in this fight.
A written assurance that the suspects would be nabbed in 24 hours was given to the family on Monday when a protest was staged. The family repeatedly showed the assurance letter to the police, who had no answer to it and just said that they were trying their best.