Dalit councillor attempts suicide after alleged humiliation by cops in Abohar
ABOHAR: A member of the Abohar municipal council, Ganesh Sablania attempted suicide on Saturday after alleged humiliation by cops at the Abohar Sadar police station.
The Congress activist consumed poison and was rushed to Abohar civil hospital, from where he was referred to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical
College in Faridkot. His condition is stated to be stable. Sablania’s family claimed he was allegedly insulted by SHO Angrej Singh publicly in Abohar Sadar police station on Friday when he had gone to mediate a dispute there. He was also put behind bars for an hour.
Hundreds of Dalit activists surrounded the police station on getting the news of Sablania’s detention and he was released after intervention of Abohar DSP Gurvinder Singh Sandha, who also assured the protesters of suitable action against the SHO.
“Ganesh was very upset over the action of the cops. On Saturday morning, he consumed a poisonous substance under depression,” alleged Gopi Ram Sandhar, a Dalit leader of the area.
When contacted, DSP Sandha admitted he had to intervene to get Sablania released from the lockup after the protest by the Dalit activists late on Friday night. “Later, a delegation of the community had formally lodged a written complaint against the
Abohar Sadar SHO for misbehaving and illegally arresting a councillor. It was forwarded to the Fazilka SSP, who has entrusted an inquiry to the SP (investigation),” the police official said.
Source: TOI, Sept 08, 2018