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Posted at: May 16, 2018, 1:59 AM; last updated: May 16, 2018, 1:59 AM (IST)

Justice denied, say victim’s kin

Aman Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 15

The palatial residence of the Suyach family at Ghalori Village where Gurnam Singh’s son Narvedinder Singh lives for the past two decades wore a deserted look on Tuesday.

No one from the family was available to entertain media queries. Villagers close to the family and relatives of the deceased, Gurnam Singh, spoke to the mediapersons.

“We do not want to say anything to anyone. We respect the court’s decision, but justice has been denied,” said one of the relatives of Gurnam Singh, who wished not to be named.

One of his nephews said the entire family had gone through a lot in the past three decades. They had been used for political gains, ever since Sidhu entered into politics, he claimed.

“The media and politicians have fooled us all these years. They only contacted us when they sensed an opportunity to cash in on the case, but nobody ever bothered about our fight for justice in the court,” he said.

None of the relatives came on record or answer queries pertaining to the victim’s son. A couple of servants present at Nardevinder Singh’s house locked the gate and left after the court order.

“We are told not to entertain any pleas. You can wait or go,” said a servant.

A couple of elderly villagers known to Gurnam Singh said a simple old man was killed by a person (Sidhu) who was high on his popularity, but strangely “this is how the system works”. “At least, the party leadership could have removed him from the Cabinet on humanitarian grounds,” they said, even as many in the village feel that the Patiala-based former cricketer should apologise to the family in public for the tragedy.

Last month, when the SC kept the orders reserved in the case, Narvedinder Singh had reportedly told the media that for the last 30 years, his family had been requesting all not to interfere in the delivery of justice and play politics over the matter.

Nardevinder had also mentioned that he had been attending all court hearings in the Supreme Court and would accept the verdict.

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