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Cashier’s murder: Family stages protest, seeks martyr status for Dutt, govt job for widow

Family agreed to claim the body only after two rounds of talks with UHBVN officials.

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Relatives of Anil Kumar Dutt and staff members protesting near General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. They refused to take the body of Dutt unless their demands were met by the government. (Source: Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

A day after Anil Kumar Dutt, a cashier at Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (UHBVN), was shot dead by unidentified robbers, the deceased’s family on Saturday demanded a martyr status, Rs 50 lakh financial assistance and a government job for his wife. After the day-long protests at General Hospital, Sector 6, Dutt’s family finally claimed his body in the evening and took it to Hisar district. Dutt will be cremated in his native village on Sunday.

The family agreed to claim Dutt’s body after the senior officials of Panchkula district administration and UHBVN assured them that their demands would be considered.

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Dutt (37) who worked as a cashier in UHBVN was shot dead and the robbers decamped with a bag containing Rs 9.50 lakh that they snatched from him, outside his office. He is survived by wife Chanda Devi (32) and two sons, Krishan (8) and Kumal (6).

While his wife and children stayed back home, Saturday’s protest at General Hospital was led by members of the employees’ union of Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB). The deceased’s brother, Rajiv Dutt, and a few relatives were also present.

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People started assembling at General Hospital from 10 am and by noon the crowd had swelled. Bal Kumar, General Secretary of HSEB, led the delegation of protestors and held two round of talks with the UHBVN senior officials.

Several police personnel were deployed on the spot to maintain law and order situation and to prevent any disruption in routine hospital functioning.

The family agreed to end their protest and claim Dutt’s body after Nitin Yadav, MD, UHBVN, handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to deceased’s family members.

Bal Kumar said UHBVN officials had urged him to make a detailed proposal comprising the family’s demands.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Panchkula, Anil Dhawan, said, “The investigation is on. A number of police teams are involved in the investigation and are in process of identifying and arresting the accused. There is a possibility that the murder was committed by a gang that has a criminal track record”.

“Rs 5 lakh is the insurance amount which UHBVN has given to the deceased’s family. The rest of the demands shall be considered in due course of time”, Yadav told Chandigarh Newsline.

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