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Dismissed cop sets himself, family members on fire
Wife dead; police harassment alleged

Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Behman Jassa Singh Wala (Bathinda), September 30
In a bizarre incident, Gurjant Singh, a dismissed cop, set himself and members of his family on fire here last night. While his wife, Jasvir Kaur, succumbed to burn injuries, he and his three daughters are battling for life at Faridkot Medical College and Hospital..

A pall of gloom has descended on the village after this incident.

Sources said all five members of Gurjant’s family suffered severe burn injuries. Their condition was critical and they were being kept under observation.

Gurjant Singh, who has been facing eight criminal cases, including one of murder, took this step when a police party from Talwandi Sabo police station, led by sub inspector Amritpal, conducted a raid on his house late last night to arrest him as he had been declared a proclaimed offender in a case pertaining to attempt to murder by the court concerned.

Mohinder Ghai, SHO, Talwandi Sabo police station, when contacted, said Gurjant Singh threw kerosene at one of the members of the raiding team too. He added that members of the raiding team ran for safety when the accused set the family members on fire, as they feared that they could also be set on fire. He said a case under Sections 307, 309,511, 186 and 353 of the IPC had been registered at Talwandi Sabo police station.

However, Raman Pal Kaur, one of the daughters of Gurjant Singh, who escaped the wrath of her father, while making statement before the SDM, Talwandi Sabo, alleged that her father took this extreme step as he could not tolerate the humiliation meted out to him by the police. She alleged that one of the police officials misbehaved with her also. She said the police had implicated her father in false criminal cases.

SSP Nau Nihal Singh Aulakh, said the raiding party was accompanied by the chowkidar of the village and women police personnel. He added that the police informed Sadhu Singh, sarpanch of the village, before conducting the raid. An inquiry would reveal whether members of the raiding team had misbehaved with any member of Gurjant’s family, he added.

Sadhu Singh, when contacted, said Gurjant Singh took this extreme step on his own and policemen, who raided his house, were not at fault.

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