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Gurdaspur terror attack: SP’s kin agree to cremate body

Family had earlier refused to perform the last rites till slain SP Baljit Singh’s children were given job letters.

sp1The family of slain SP (Detective) Baljit Singh, who was killed while fighting terrorists in Dinanagar on Monday agreed to cremate his body following requests from top police officials and politicians. The family had earlier said that they would not cremate Singh’s body till his three children got appointment letters for government jobs on compassionate grounds.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Singh’s son Maninder said, “We will do as the senior officers say. We cannot belittle the martyrdom of our father.”

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Since Tuesday morning, the family was adamant that the cremation would not take place till they get the appointment letters. They had demanded an SP-rank job for Singh’s son and jobs for his two daughters as per their qualifications.

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Speaking to mediapersons, Singh’s wife Kulwant Kaur had said that mere announcements of the government were not sufficient and the family should have something concrete in their hands. She had said that Singh had to wait for two years to get a job on compassionate grounds after his father ASI Achhar Singh was killed while fighting terrorists in 1984.

Kulwant had also said that her husband would not have died had the government provided sophisticated weapons and safety equipment to cover the face and the neck.

Singh is survived by son Maninder Singh, 24, and daughters Parminder, 22 and Raminder, 20. While Maninder holds a B-Tech degree, Parminder and Raminder are pursuing MA and BDS courses, respectively.

To persuade the family to proceed with the cremation, senior police officers, including IG Loknath Angra and Kapurthala SSP Ashish Chaudhary visited the family and told them that appointment letters could not be issued so soon. BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia and his SAD counterpart Bibi Jagir Kaur also visited the family.

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On Tuesday evening, the family finally agreed to perform Singh’s last rites.

The cremation will take place at 12:30 pm on Wednesday.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Minister of State Vijay Sampla are expected to visit the family ahead of the cremation.

First published on: 29-07-2015 at 02:11:03 am
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