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Darshan’s son made a cop,Panthics plead family to return govt ‘aid’

Bending a few rules,the state government has provided the job of a constable to Gurpreet Singh,elder son of Darshan Singh...

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana |
December 15, 2009 11:41:31 pm

Bending a few rules,the state government has provided the job of a constable to Gurpreet Singh,elder son of Darshan Singh,who died on December 5 ,after police opened fire on protestors marching to disrupt the congregation of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan head Ashutosh Maharaj in Ludhiana.

“My medical and other physical tests were done in Ludhiana itself on December 7. I will be posted in Ludhiana,” Gurpreet,21,told The Indian Express. Gurpreet will be sent on training in April next year. By providing him a job,the government has gained an upper hand over the Panthic forces,who were protesting against the government for the firing.

The state relaxed a few rules to accommodate Gurpreet Singh,who fell short of the norms. His height,sources said,is two inches short and his chest is three inches less than the requirement. Even the fact that he has been given a posting in his home district is against the norms. Sources in the police say that to weaken to the movement of the Panthic forces,on December 6,the district administration had taken into its possession the body of the deceased,which was handed over to the family only at the village for the last rites. The police also ensured that the last rites were done as quickly as possible.

Interestingly,as the death of Darshan Singh became a platform for various groups to score brownie points,the grief-stricken family today rebuffed the offers of the Panthic parties to return the compensation given by the government.

Various Panthic parties like Dal Khalsa,Akhand Keertani Jatha,Sant Samaj,Damadami Taksal and various Sikh student federations gathered at the bhog ceremony of Darshan Singh on Monday.

Every speaker urged the family to return the compensation but the family refused. “Their show is just for today. No one will come to us after today,” said Gurmeet Singh,son-in-law of the family. R P Singh,the spokesperson of the Akhand Keertani Jatha,said,“We have requested the family to return the government aid and if they do so,we will give them more aid and ensure jobs for both the sons. We are even ready to send these boys abroad if they want to go.”

Gurmeet,however,said,“The district administration has been making rounds of our home. But Parminder Kaur,whose husband Kamaljeet Singh earlier died in the conflict with the Dera Sacha Sauda,told us that even she was promised a lot of things at the time of her husband’s death. But two years on,the promises are yet to be fulfilled.” Many government officials also attended the bhog.

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