Punjab News: Dalit killed, 'First broke my hand, now killed my brother'

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The state government, which came under attack from the opposition after the death of a Dalit youth in Punjab, has announced Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the victim's family, government job to the deceased's wife and free education to the children.

After this offer of the government, the family of Dalit youth has finally stopped the demonstration.

37-year-old Jagmel Singh was brutally assaulted earlier this month and forced to drink urine. The badly injured Jagmel died in hospital four days ago, after which his family members were protesting. They were demanding 50 lakh rupees as compensation and to give government job to the wife of the victim.

He said that he would not perform Jagmail's funeral until the demands were met.

Changaliwala village in Sangrur in Punjab, there was a street protest outside the village. Mourning could be felt in the streets of the village.
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There was silence in the village. At some distance, a man stood with a tractor.

When we asked this person about the atmosphere of the village, he said, "Everything is in front of you".

Actually, on November 7, Jagmel, a Dalit youth of the village, was beaten up badly by some alleged upper caste people of the village itself.

Jagmel was first treated in Patiala and later died in PGI on 16 November.

However, some people also say that this was more a matter of private transaction than caste and the victims of the house accuse the deceased for coming abusive.

But the brutal way in which Jagmel was beaten to a pillar, urinated on drinking water, does not seem to be an ordinary case. It seems to be a case of some kind of hatred.

A man agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. He said, "He was from our community. He was a simple person. He would fight with us many times. Used to ask for bread or money from anyone. He had nothing in his mind. If he had anything in his mind, his He would not go along. He was also under stress due to poverty.

Two youths found on the way agreed to show the house of the accused. On the way, a young man said, "Although there are few houses of the chieftains in our village, but these four were the chieftains."

"The remaining population is of Dalits?"

"No, there are many houses of jattas too."

"Aren't Sardar Jatt?"

"Yes sir, he is a jatt, but he has more land. He is called the Sardar in the village."

The youth went ahead by pointing to the houses.

The houses of the four accused were close by. Two houses were locked.

A house was open. A girl opens the gate after knocking on the door.

His gaze falls on the camera in his hand. A couple of women are seen sitting behind.

"Someone is in the house, we have to talk about the matter."

"No brother, there is no one at home."

The door was closed immediately.
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Jagmel Singh's financial condition

We could not have any conversation and we came back. We were reunited with the youths going back after telling us home.

We asked him to show Jagmel Singh's house. Jagmel's house was also a short distance away.

The outer door of a dilapidated house was found open.

The room was locked inside. There was no one at home.

In this house of about 10x20 feet, Jagmel Singh lived with his three sons and daughters.

Jagmel Singh died on 16 November. Along with Jagmel Singh, four alleged upper caste people from the village were beaten up badly.

On the main road outside the village, one kilometer from the house of former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, people had blocked the road.

No member of Rajinder Kaur's family was seen in the village. Leaders of many social organizations also came to participate in this protest.

In one such attack during 2006, Bant Singh, who lost both hands and one leg, also joined the strike.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Bant Singh was inspiring people with ink songs and asking them to unite against violence in the name of caste.

The protesters were demanding Rs 50 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased Jagmel Singh and a government job for his wife. And they were adamant on not getting the post-mortem done till the demands were met.
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Accusations of the victim's family

Jagmel Singh's mother was also sitting on the dharna. His cry was not stopping.

Gurmeet Singh, elder brother of Jagmel Singh said, "People of this family broke my arm some time ago. My brother had abused him a few days ago."

"They beat him up. My brother complained to the police station. They had an agreement. The next day, they did the work again."

"They took them home and tied them up and beat them up. We will not do the last rites of my brother unless compensation of 50 lakh rupees and a government job is given to my sister-in-law."