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Alleging torture, 22-yr-old ends life

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Nawanshahr, June 30

A youth (22) of Nangal Shanga village here allegedly committed suicide last evening after making a video alleging harassment to his family by the police, sarpanch and Congress MLA Angad Saini.

Victim Varinder Singh’s father Nirmal Singh reportedly had a spat with some villagers over the issue of getting contract for cultivation of panchayat land about 20 days ago. Following the clash, cross FIRs were registered.

As the video went viral this morning, Akali leaders, led by Youth Akali Dal chief Parambans Singh Banti Romana, reached here and expressed solidarity with the family.

They claimed that the youth had alleged in his dying statement that the police were acting at the behest of the MLA and the sarpanch.

Nirmal Singh said while no action was taken against the culprits, he was kept in custody for 24 hours.

The YAD activists met Nawanshahr SSP Alka Meena and demanded action against the MLA. Romana said he had given an ultimatum to the police till tomorrow, failing which they would launch an agitation. The family refused to take the body for the last rites, saying that they would do it after action against the guilty. Nearly 150 villagers joined the family to lodge a protest.

Meanwhile, MLA Saini termed the allegations politically motivated. “I have sympathy with the family, but it is wrong to blame me for no reason. The fact that the police had registered FIRs against both parties is itself a ground to prove that there has been no one-sided action. I request his family and villages not to give the issue a political colour.” — TNS

from The Tribune

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