A DAY after a 24-year-old student succumbed to injuries after being in coma for around five months, the family members and friends of the deceased staged a protest against the UT police for failing to arrest all the suspects involved in the alleged murder.
The aggrieved protestors blocked the road outside the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 for one hour, demanding police action in the case. A family member said the deceased, Pardeep Kumar, an Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) member, had suffered serious injuries after he was beaten up by a group of youth allegedly belonging to a student group in Sector 44 on January 8. Pardeep was a student of DAV College, Sector 10.
The victim died around noon Friday while being brought to PGI for treatment from a hospital in Sirsa where he had been admitted. After the incident, the police had registered a case at Sector 34 police station against the six suspects.
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Police said that while three suspects had been arrested, a manhunt was on to arrest the others. “We are hopeful of making the arrests soon,” said SHO (crime branch) inspector Gurmakh Singh.
On Saturday morning, dozens of family members and friends gathered outside GMSH where the body was taken to conduct the postmortem. They raised slogans against the police and also blocked the road outside the hospital, causing disruption of traffic.
Family members of the victim said he had been admitted to several hospitals for the past few months.
Anup Khatkar, brother of the deceased claimed, “I even approached senior police officers regarding the issue, but nothing was done,” Khatkar said, adding that it raised questions over the working of Chandigarh police.
Soon after the protesters gathered on the road, a large number of police personnel were deployed in the area. The protesters left the area only senior police officers reached the spot. DSP (Central) Satish Kumar assured the family that the main accused would be arrested soon.