Govt failed to ensure justice to Benipal, says Khangura

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Old 21-Jun-2010
Govt failed to ensure justice to Benipal, says Khangura

Ludhiana, June 20

Congress legislator from Kila Raipur Assembly segment Jassi Khangura has written an open letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on plight of Major (retd) Gurjinder Singh Benipal, posted as tehsildar here, who was the victim of a brutal attack while on duty a year back by certain activists of the ruling SAD(B), including a party councillor.

Regretting that the state government failed to ensure justice to an upright officer, the letter said, “A year back, a gang of Akali-sponsored goons burst into Benipal's office, shot at him and beat him almost to death. The public felt that if it can happen to someone like Major Benipal, it can happen to anyone and that no one is safe from the Akali outlaws.”

“Many felt strongly that you or your son should have visited tehsildar Benipal, so brutally attacked for carrying out his duty honestly and correctly,” the letter stated. According to Khangura, the state government did not even deem that the situation warranted the provision of the state security, something that the victim had to secure through the courts.

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