The relations of Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was shot lifeless by two unknown assailants in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, have refused to cremate the physique until the accused are arrested. The 62-year-old Sandhu who fought terrorism in Punjab was shot lifeless within the district on Friday, months after the federal government withdrew his safety cowl. The motorcycle-borne males pumped 4 bullets into him when he was at his workplace adjoining his residence at Bhikhiwind.
Sandhu’s spouse Jagdish Kaur Sandhu, advised reporters, “The household wouldn’t cremate him until the killers are arrested.”
She additionally demanded safety cowl for her household.
“All of the relations — I, my late husband, his brother Ranjit Singh Sandhu and his spouse Balraj Kaur Sandhu — are Shaurya Chakra awardees and this award was given by the Centre for our combat towards militancy.”
“Each the state and Central governments are accountable for the intelligence failure that resulted within the killing of my husband by the hands of terrorists,” Sandhu’s spouse stated.
She additionally stated if the state authorities failed to supply safety to the household, then it was the accountability of the Centre to do the needful.
Sandhu had fought towards terrorism within the state for years, dealing with scores of terror assaults in the course of the peak of the Khalistani militancy.
His safety cowl was withdrawn by the state authorities a 12 months in the past on the advice of Tarn Taran police, his brother Ranjit had stated, including their complete household had remained on the hit listing of terrorists.
Sandhu’s spouse Jagdish Kaur had on Friday stated it was the “handiwork of terrorists”, sustaining that their household didn’t have any private enmity with anybody.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had condoled Sandhu’s demise and arrange a particular investigation staff headed by Ferozpur Deputy Inspector Basic of Police to probe the killing.
The chief minister stated the SIT will probe the killing, taking all prospects into consideration. The responsible won’t be spared, he had stated.
The Tarn Taran braveheart had featured in some documentaries. Impressed by Sandhu and his household, many individuals adopted him and defended themselves from terror assaults. He was awarded Shaurya Chakra in 1993.
(With PTI inputs)