Death ‘natural’, no relief for siblings who lost father - ECAS Punjab

Death ‘natural’, no relief for siblings who lost father

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GS Paul
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 21

The four siblings of Tarn Taran who lost their parents faced a double whammy when the state government refused them the compensation amount of Rs 5 lakh. They were declared ineligible on the basis of a police report that described their father's death as a 'natural incident'.

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Learning about the development, Sonu Sood's friend Karan Gilhotra said they were ready to take care of the children, if their guardians permitted. "We have special arrangements at Matra Chaya Centre in Abohar. Their living and education expenses will be borne by us if their guardians agree," he said

The four — Karanbir (13), Gurpreet (11), Arshpreet (9) and Sandeep (5) — had lost their father Sukhdev Singh, a rickshaw-puller. The family claimed he died after consuming chemical-laced liquor on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1. Later, his wife Jyoti (32) died of shock.

Their uncle Mewa Singh, a mechanic, said the bank accounts of children were opened as desired by the officials where the compensation was to be deposited. "Neither the compensation amount nor the pension was given to the children," he said. SDM Rajnish Arora said, "The children were left out of the compensation as their father's death was mentioned to be a natural one in the police report, but they will be getting the monthly pension after the formalities are completed."

SSP Dhruman Nimbale said, "The family never got the postmortem done which could have ascertained the cause of death. Our inquiry found it was a natural death."

from The Tribune

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