October 17, 2020 11:30:28 pm
Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu was cremated Saturday amid excessive drama at his native village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran.
With the police failing to establish those that pumped bullets into Sandhu, his household initially refused to cremate the physique except the accused had been arrested. They agreed to conduct the final rites solely after an assurance was given by the Tarn Taran district administration about immediate motion within the case. The administration additionally assured them about their request for a authorities job for one member of the family.
The police division, in the meantime, additionally supplied three gunmen as safety cowl to the household.
The 62-year-old Sandhu, honoured with Shaurya Chakra in 1993 for preventing terrorism in Punjab, was gunned down Friday, months after the state authorities withdrew his safety cowl. The motorcycle-borne males pumped 4 bullets into him when he was at his workplace adjoining his residence at Bhikhiwind.
Earlier, Sandhu’s spouse Jagdish Kaur held each the state and central governments accountable for the intelligence failure that resulted within the killing of her husband.
“All of the relations — I, my late husband, his brother Ranjit Singh Sandhu and his spouse Balraj Kaur — are Shaurya Chakra awardees and this award was given by the Centre for our battle in opposition to militancy. Each the state and central governments are accountable for the intelligence failure that resulted within the killing of my husband by the hands of terrorists,” Sandhu’s spouse mentioned.
She additionally mentioned if the state authorities failed to supply safety to the household, then it was the duty of the Centre to do the needful.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday had arrange a particular investigation workforce headed by Ferozpur Deputy Inspector Common of Police to probe the killing.
Whereas Jagdish Kaur on Friday had termed the killing because the “handiwork of terrorists”, sustaining that their household didn’t have any private enmity with anybody, the police mentioned that they’re probing all angles, together with private rivalry.
“We’ll look into each facet. We’re additionally specializing in the claims of the household. On the identical time, we’re additionally trying into private rivalry,” mentioned SSP Tarn Taran Dhruman H Nimbale.
The police can also be trying into the three FIRs registered in opposition to Balwinder Singh’s sons Arshdeep Singh and Gagandeep Singh.
Within the first FIR, Arshdeep and Gagandeep had been booked together with Vattandeep Singh of village Dulla and Harchand Singh of village Kalas for allegedly firing at one Balraj Singh Boby, who was entering into his automobile on February 21, 2019. The FIR was registered underneath sections 307,427,34 of IPC, and sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of Arms Act.
A second FIR was lodged on March three, 2019 during which Arshdeep was booked underneath Arms Act and arrested following restoration of a country-made pistol from his possession. The third FIR, additionally in opposition to Arshdeeo, was registered on July three, 2020 underneath Sections 148, 149 and 188 of IPC and the Arms Act following a conflict between two teams.
Sandhu had fought in opposition to terrorism within the state for years, dealing with scores of terror assaults throughout the top of Khalistani militancy. His safety cowl was withdrawn by the state authorities a yr in the past on the advice of Tarn Taran police, his brother Ranjit had mentioned, including that their whole household had remained on the hit listing of terrorists.
The Tarn Taran braveheart had additionally featured in some documentaries. Impressed by Sandhu and his household, many individuals adopted him and defended themselves from terror assaults.
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