Murdered Dalit’s mother appeals to Punjab government

November 11th, 2009 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Nov 11 (IANS) A Dalit woman Wednesday sought the intervention of the Punjab government in the suspected killing of her son by some influential people in their village last week and urged police be directed to arrest the main accused.
Jeevan Kumar, a resident of Chukar Chak village in the state’s Moga district, 210 km from here, was shot dead following an altercation with a man who used to play music at a high volume.

“Gopi, who belongs to a very rich family of our village, used to play vulgar songs at very high volume in his tractor when he crossed our street every evening. My son objected to it and he paid with his life,” Kuldeep Kaur, mother of Jeevan, told reporters here Wednesday.

“Gopi called his cousin Dhanna Singh, who is a dreaded man in our village, and they came to our house in search of Jeevan, who was not at home at that time. Then they again came in the evening and started firing at Jeevan who was in the market.”

Jeevan died on the spot whereas three onlookers sustained injuries.

Police arrested three people, but key accused Dhanna Singh is still at large.

Kaur said, “Police are afraid of Dhanna Singh and are pressurising us to close the case. There is nobody to help the Dalit families of Punjab. Other Dalit families are also living under the terror of these rich boys. This is our desperate appeal to Punjab government to come forward for our rescue.”

The family of the deceased, who was in his early twenties, also demanded a compensation of Rs.1 million from the government and appealed to it to direct the police to arrest the main accused Dhanna Singh.

They have also demanded Rs.100,000 aid for the families of the injured.

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