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Protest over Kabaddi coach’s demise: Farmer unions extend assist, kin say cops aware of drug problem in village

Farmer unions have prolonged assist to the household of kabbadi coach Harwinder Singh, who succumbed to accidents he had allegedly sustained throughout a conflict on May 26. 

An 11-member committee from Chauka village has been shaped to speak to the police. Members of BKU Dakaunda are additionally half of the committee. However, conferences between SSP, IG and the committee didn’t yield any outcomes.

Chauka village residents on Friday continued their dharna on the Bathinda- Chandigarh freeway for the second day over the demise of the kabbadi coach. His kin demanded that the FIR embody drug smuggling costs, aside from compensation and a job for a member of the family.

An FIR relating to the alleged May 26 conflict, lodged with Gill Kalan police station, states that Harwinder and his buddies had been allegedly attacked by some villagers recognized as Gurjeet, Gagna, Babbu after they’d lodged a grievance towards Gagna and Babbu for stealing poultry.

The household of Harwinder nevertheless, declare that the coach was crushed to demise by ‘drug smugglers’. In the May 26 FIR, Gurjeet and his buddies and some others had been booked.

Dev Singh, a marginal farmer, and Harwinder’s father, mentioned, “We have no idea why police have mentioned theft of poultry as the reason for the clash in the FIR. My son was helping me in farming on my three acres land and he used to play and train kabaddi players. He was a health and fitness freak and hence used to stop people from consuming drugs. He also used to stop the group which clashed with him from selling or consuming drugs.”

He additional mentioned: “My son was attacked by Gagna, Babbu and others only because he stopped them from selling drugs. Police knew about the matter but they never understood the gravity of this problem and rather encouraged this clash-like situation. We will not cremate the body, unless we get justice.”

Baldev Singh, one other villager, mentioned, “Tension due to theft of poultry had happened between two groups long back. Hence linking it now is a big surprise. Police could have managed this situation, had they acted in a mature manner. Harwinder was beaten by a group of villagers, his video was also shot and made viral, even then police did not arrest them initially. They were arrested only after he died of injuries.”

Harwinder’s brother Gurwinder can also be a member of the committee. He alongwith different villagers went to fulfill IG Bathinda vary and the assembly was happening until the time of submitting this report. 

Manjeet Dhaner, senior vice-president of BKU Dakaunda, who was half of the conferences between the police and the committee, mentioned, “Police are stuck on the story of poultry theft while drug smuggling was the main issue. Theft of poultry birds had also happened after consuming drugs only. There were more than 20 persons who had come to attack Harwinder and his friends, out of which five were booked by name. Police have arrested six persons as of now but not the ones who are named in the FIR as they have political patronage. We demand that hospital bills of the injured boys be waived off, as well as compensation to the family. Our protest will continue till the time demands are not met.”

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