Former Punjab Police personnel Dildar Singh managed to get two minutes with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the latter’s sangat darshan at Jahangir village in Khadoor Sahib assembly constituency on Friday. Claiming to have killed two militants in an encounter and to having lost a son to militants, Dildar wanted the chief minister to reinstate his younger son Harjinder Singh, who had been granted a job in the Punjab Police on compassionate grounds but was dismissed in 1996 following a long absence.
While he managed to get his application in the hands of Punjab chief minister, it, however, failed to become part of the record for further processing as Badal and his support staff forgot to take the application along with other written requests from the villagers after the sangat darshan concluded.
In his application, Dildar Singh claimed that he had killed two militants in 1989 during an encounter in an area under the Varoval police station of Tarn Taran district. Dildar claimed that militants were after his family and took the revenge by killing his son Sukhwinder in February 1992. Following this, his younger son Harjinder Singh was appointed constable in the police on compensatory grounds.
“My second son Harjinder Singh could not do his job regularly as militants were after him and wanted to kill him. But he was dismissed in 1996 from the police job due to his absence. I just want you to reinstate my son. We will not make any claim over salary for the 19 year period for which he remained dismissed. I am a Dalit and have no source of income,” reads Dildar’s application which was left behind.
Others to lose out were the villagers of Jahangir, who had submitted a handwritten application reminding the CM about a 25-year-old demand of getting a cemented road between Jahangir and Ekal-Gadda village. The application had been supported by an image from Google map.
The CM also forgot the application from the Nambardars’ union in the district, which had thanked him for increasing their honorarium to Rs 1500, besides reminding him that their due for the last two years is still pending.