Two days after Jasveer Singh (22),a resident of Bhankerpur village,was run over by a Volvo bus,the villagers today issued an ultimatum to the local police to cancel the cases registered against them on Saturday. The villagers had torched the bus and held the Chandigarh-Delhi National Highway-22 to ransom for over an hour by blocking traffic on Friday. The villagers also demanded the release of one Jatinder Singh (Romi).
They also threatened to launch massive protests and come out on the streets if the police failed to meet their demands.
On the other hand,the whole matter seems to have taken a political turn as a number of Congress party leaders including State General Secretary Sheelam Sohi,senior leader Dipinder Singh Dhillon,State Congress secretaries Rakesh Sharma and Amritpal Singh,Derabassi Congress block president Surinder Singh and other leaders visited the Bhankerpur village to meet the deceaseds family and agitated villagers.
According to them,the police should have registered a case against the whole mob and not any individual as the torching incident was a collective act to express their resentment against the Administration for not responding to their repeated requests of constructing an underpass in Bhankerpur or providing any alternate route for the villagers to cross the busy NH-22.
A team of officials including SP (traffic) Sukhwant Singh Gill,DSP (traffic) Raka Gira,SDM Derabassi Puneet Goyal,Colonel KP Sharma from NHAI and district town planner Gurpreet Singh visited the village on Saturday in order to make an estimate about the number of dangerous road diversions in the area and the possible measures to avoid mishaps in future.