The Telegraph – Child dies after 110 hours in borewell

Doctors at the hospital said the child was brought dead

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 12 June 2019. A two-year-old child who was stuck in a 150 ft-deep unused borewell here was pulled out on Tuesday morning after almost 110 hours, but could not survive, officials and doctors said.

Fatehveer Singh was brought out around 4:45am by National Disaster Response Force personnel. He was taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, 130 km away, in an ambulance, Sangrur deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said.

Doctors at the hospital said the child was brought dead.

The autopsy report said Fatehveer died due to hypoxia “a few days back”.

The body was then flown back to the village in a helicopter arranged by the Punjab government. Fatehveer, who turned two on Monday, had been stuck in the shaft of the seven-inch-wide borewell at a depth of 125 ft. Rescue workers had dug along the shaft to reach the boy.

Opposition parties in Congress-ruled Punjab have accused the state government of “negligence”, while residents of the village where Fatehveer lived have alleged delay in rescue efforts.

The only child of his parents, Fatehveer fell into the borewell in a field while playing at Bhagwanpura village around 4 pm on Thursday. The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed, the officials said.

A massive rescue operation was launched to bring the child out. Officials managed to supply oxygen but no food or water could be provided to him. “They didn’t use the proper technique to rescue him early on. Trial and error methods were adopted for days,” a relative said.

Villagers alleged that ultimately Fatehveer was pulled out of the borewell with clamps fastened to his hands. “If they had to use this method, they could have done it much before,” said a villager.

The Tribune – Another Patiala man held for terror links

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 19 November 2018. The district police claimed to have arrested a member of the Khalistan Gadar Force from Dirba. He has been identified as Patiala resident Jatinder Singh (28), an accomplice of Shabnamdeep Singh (24).

The latter, said to be a member of a Pakistan-sponsored terror module, was arrested early this month by the Patiala police.

The Patiala police reached Dirba and took the suspect into custody. Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, Sandeep Garg, Sangrur SSP, said, “Jatinder Singh was wanted by the Patiala police in an FIR dated October 31 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

A team of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) arrested him on Monday from the main market of Dirba. He belongs to Patiala, but since the registration of the FIR there, he had been hiding at the house of his relative in Dirba.”

The SSP said Jatinder told the CIA team that he and Shabnamdeep had committed crimes in Punjab and Haryana.

“He has confessed to his involvement in setting liquor vends afire. He was also involved in the theft of two-wheelers. He made video clips of the crimes and sent the same to his handlers to foreign countries to get funds,” the SSP added. – United Akali Dal stages protest outside Sangrur Jail seeking release of Sikh youths who hurled shoe on Sukhbir Badal

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 09 November 2018. The United Akali Dal leaders headed by general secretary S. Gurdeep Singh Bathinda staged a 24 hour demonstration before the Sangrur jail against illegal detention of six Sikh youths who had hurled a shoe on Sukhir Badal’s cavalcade last month.

The Sikh protesters had staged protest against Sukhbir Badal when he was going to convene a party meeting at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib along with his cavalcade.

Taking on the Police administration for imposing attempt to murder charges on the protesting Sikh youths, the UAD general secretary Gurdeep Singh Bathinda said that no one can murder his rival by hurling a shoe at him. He added that if the arrested Sikh youths will not be released by November 15 then they will intensify agitation.

Meanwhile, the SSP Sangrur Sandeep Garg has said that a special investigation team has been constituted to thoroughly probe the case. “We will take further action as per the findings of the SIT,” he added.

It may be recalled here that an FIR in this concern was registered against around 35-36 protesters including Baba Bachittar Singh and Baba Amarjit Singh by the Sangrur police under different sections on the complaint of SAD (Badal) spokesperson Vinarjit Goldy.

Later, the Police had arrested six protesters including Baba Bachittar Singh, Davinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Manjit Singh, Gurjit Singh and were falsely indicted under section 307 (attempt to murder).

The Tribune – SIT to probe case against protesters

Sangrur – Panjab – India, 29 October 2018. Political leaders on Monday organised a protest in front of the Police Lines here, demanding quashing of the attempt-to-murder case against local residents and the release of six persons who were arrested for trying to intercept the cavalcade of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and throwing a shoe at his vehicle on October 4.

Meanwhile, Patiala Range IG AS Rai has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter. Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg said, “The SIT will work under the Patiala SSP. We will take action as per the findings of the inquiry.”

Leaders of Lok Insaaf Party, SAD (Amritsar), AAP rebel group and the Bargari Morcha participated in the protest.

“Throwing a shoe and trying to intercept Sukhbir’s vehicle do not amount to attempt to murder. But, the police have registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC. It shows that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is siding with the Badals,” alleged Gurnaib Singh, organisational secretary of SAD (A).

The Tribune – Drop murder bid charge against protesters: Khaira

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Sangrur – Panjab – India, 5 October 2018. Rebel AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday backed six local residents, who along with others had shown black flags to SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and threw a shoe at his vehicle on October 4. Khaira met them in Sangrur jail.

He said his group would launch an agitation if the attempt to murder charge was not withdrawn against them.
Earlier, Lok Insaf Party (LIP) leaders also met them and SAD Amritsar workers held a protest in their support.
Khaira also met the families of the arrested persons, Bachitar Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Manjit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Devinder Singh and Gurjant Singh.

Meanwhile, SAD Amritsar workers held a protest and demanded withdrawal of attempt to murder charge and release of the arrested persons.

Sangrur SSP Dr Sandeep Garg said: “The SP (headquarters) is conducting an investigation into the matter. We will take action after receiving the report.”