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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 1:56 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 1:56 AM (IST)

Villagers seek arrest of Cong leader, sons

Booked for abetting suicide of Abohar resident, accused are at large
Villagers seek arrest of Cong leader, sons
Activists of the Punjab Students Union and Bhartiya Kisan Union and family members of deceased Gurtej hold a protest at Nehru Park in Abohar on Thursday. Tribune Photo

Our Correspondent

Abohar, November 8

Members of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) and Krantikari Kisan Union along with the family of a suicide victim held a protest against the alleged police inaction on Thursday.

The protesters alleged that the police were reluctant to take action against Alamgarh sarpanch and Zila Parishad member Makhan Lal, his sons and two others, who had been booked for abetting the suicide of 42-year-old labourer Gurtej Singh of Alamgarh village. “Gurtej had to sacrifice his life as he could not tolerate the stalking of his daughter and her school friends, said student union leader Gagan Sangrami.

Gurtej had committed suicide after he was allegedly humiliated by Makhan Lal at Alamgarh village on October 7. In his suicide note, Gurtej had accused the sarpanch and others of humiliating him instead of taking action against seven youths who had thrashed his son, Parampal, on October 3 as he had objected to harassment of his sister and other girl students.

Sarpanch Makhan Lal, who was elected Zila Parishad member as a Congress nominee in September, his sons Gopi Ram and Naresh, former sarpanch Mohan Lal and Atma Ram were booked, but no one has been arrested so far. The protesters alleged that the accused were harassing the family and their supporters.

They submitted a memorandum to DSP Manjit Singh and warned to organise a march in the town on November 12 if the accused were not arrested.

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