Srinagar: Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (GPC) Srinagar, one of the biggest religious body of the Sikh community with branches in all over India, has demanded stringent action against the higher-ups of the Fire and Emergency Service (F&ES) department of Kashmir, for allegedly causing death to one of their subordinate staff members.
In a statement, the Sikh religious body said that one Surajpal Singh, son of Kikar Singh of Allochi Bagh, who was working in the F&ES department died due to the negligence of his higher-ups including Deputy Director and District Fire Officer.
“Surajpal was detected with COVID and his officers instead of sanctioning emergency leave in his favour, accused him of taking bribes from the people and asked him to continue duties in whatever circumstances,” said GPC Secretary, Navtej Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar.
Singh said Surjapal Singh who was posted at Narbal died a painful death due to the extremely negligent and callous approach of his higher-ups.
“Had the victim been hospitalized, he would have survived but his officers did not show any sympathy and left him to die a painful death,” he added.
The Sikh body appealed to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to order an impartial probe into the death of Surajpal Singh and bring the accused to book. He said the victim has also posted a video on social media in which he has narrated his ordeal.
“The victim before his death also uploaded a video on social media and explained in detail as to how the officers of Fire and Emergency treated him. He is survived by two unmarried daughters. Now we ask the authorities as to who would take care of his family,” he added.
The GPC Secretary sought serious actions against the officers who he accused of killing an innocent man for want of medical attention.
(With inputs from KNO)
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