The Hush Post: Twenty-nine-year-old man set himself ablaze outside the office of Tarn Taran deputy commissioner (DC). He was allegedly harassed by the police.
As per reports, the victim, Paramjit Singh of Vaironwal Baweya village, on Wednesday entered the DC office around 9.30 am and poured petrol and set himself on fire.
The police who were present at the spot, along with a group of protesting farmers managed to douse the fire. Then he was rushed to Tarn Taran civil hospital, from where the doctors referred him to Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The doctors said that the victim has sustained 45 per cent burns.
As per the victim’s allegations, Gurminder Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Vaironwal police station was harassing his family regarding his nephew’s kidnapping case. The victim’s four-year-old nephew was kidnapped on Friday.
The abducted boy’s father, Jasbir Singh had told the police that previously, the accused persons had paid ₹3 lakh to a commission agent and a case in this regard was pending in the local court. Jasbir had complained, “Since I was one of the witnesses in the case, they wanted me to testify against the commission agent in the court. I did not agree to their demand, following which they kidnapped my son.”
A case has been registered against Jarnail Singh and Jabarjit Singh of the same village. The Tarn Taran police had arrested both the culprits from Barnala on Sunday and rescued the child.
Victim’s brother, Prabhjit Singh, who is a constable with the Punjab Police, said, “The accused had told the police that my family had instructed them to kidnap the child, due to which, Paramjit was in depression.”
Earlier, Paramjit Singh, while being admitted to Tarn Taran civil hospital, spoke to the media and alleged that, “My nephew was kidnapped and we ran from pillar to post to find him. People who kidnapped the child have been accusing my elder brother Harpreet Singh for the kidnapping. Due to which, Vaironwal police station SHO has been harassing my family.” He also demanded bribe for finding my nephew, said Paramjit.
As per reports, the Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Darshan Singh Mann said, “Till now, I have not received any complaint against the SHO.”
“The senior police officers have been asked to probe the matter thoroughly. If any police official is found guilty, action will be taken against him as per the law,” he said.