Cong leader among eight booked for abetting suicide

Moga: Eight persons, including a local Congress leader, were booked today for abetting the suicide of a 65-year-old man here, police said.

Kartar Singh set himself ablaze after pouring diesel over his body outside the office of Block development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) at Kot Ishe Khan here. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital late last night, they said.

The case was registered against eight persons, including Congress’ Moga incharge Sukhjit Singh Kaka, after the victim’s son Lakvir Singh filed a complaint, they added.

The other acused named in the FIR are, Lachmman Singh, Jassa Singh, Resham Singh, Binder Singh, Manpreet Singh, Happy and Surjeet Singh.

According to the FIR, Kartar Singh had complained to the BDPO regarding an illegal construction and possession of street by Lachmman Singh and his sons.

The accused, residents of Lohgarh village in the district, were helping Lachmman in encroaching some portion of street, police said.

Failing to get justice, the man set himself ablaze outside BDPO’s office yesterday, they said.

Lakhvir has alleged his father was worried due to repeated threats from Lachmman and his sons.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader alleged that the case is a conspiracy against him.

When contacted, Moga SSP Harjit Singh Pannu confirmed the case against eight persons including a Congress leader and no arrest have made so far as investigation is under process.