Baljit Singh, son of a policeman and himself a Superintendent of Police, died fighting the terrorists in Monday’s attack. His family has now refused to cremate him till the state government gives his children government posts. They say they want the appointment letter before the cremation takes place. They demand a post of SP rank for Baljit’s son and the post of Tehsildar for his daughters.
Kulwant Kaur, wife of the slain SP (Detective), said the family had suffered a lot when her father-in-law, that is, Baljit’s father, police inspector Achhar Singh, died. The family claims they had to wait for two years before Baljit got an appointment letter from the government. Baljit Singh’s father was also killed by militants in Punjab in 1984.
After the attack, the Punjab government announced that the next of kin of each member of the police force who lost their lives in the operation, would be given government job. In addition, the bereaved families will also get financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each.
Kaur has also alleged that the state government did not provide sophisticated weapons to the police force to fight the militants.
Seven people – four civilians and three policemen including Baljit Singh, were killed by heavily-armed militants who stormed a police station early on Monday morning.
Baljit joined the force in 1985 as ASI after his father’s death. He served as SHO Phagwara and with the Vigilance department in Mansa before taking up the post of Deputy Commandant in 7th IRB Battalion.
Baljit is survived by son, Maninder Singh (24), daughters Parminder Kaur (22) and Ravinder Kaur (20).
(With inputs from PTI)