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Mystery shrouds granthi’s death, kin demand probe

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Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 20

Six days after the death of a 21-year-old Sehjada village gurdwara granthi under mysterious circumstances at a Mohali gurdwara, Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema today met the family members of the deceased.

The family members claimed that the victim, Lovpreet Singh, was summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), a day before his death.

Sukhpal Khaira, president, Punjab Ekta Party (PEP), who also met the family, alleged misuse of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to implicate poor Sikh youngsters. Cheema demanded a thorough investigation by a High Court judge.

The family members claimed that Lovpreet did not have any criminal record. They said cops from Lehra police station came to their house on July 11 and issued a notice to him to appear before the NIA in Chandigarh on July 13.

His father Kewal Singh said: "Since my son was innocent, he met NIA officials. The next day, his body was found from a room at a Mohali gurdwara. He could never commit suicide and we demand a thorough investigation into his death."

Sangrur SSP Dr Sandeep Garg said: "I have directed the SP (D) to conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the reasons behind Lovpreet's death."

from The Tribune

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