Road rage: Victim’s kin seek justice, closure
Chandigarh: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday ruled out Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation over the 1988 road rage case, even as victim Gurnam Singh’s family demanded that the course of justice should not be obstructed.“The question of the minister resigning — merely because the state government has repeated its stand before the Supreme Court – does not arise,” the CM said.“There was neither any impediment to Sidhu’s induction into the Cabinet nor to his continuation now, in view of the stay on his conviction,” the Chief Minister added.Over the past two days, the Opposition parties, particularly the Shiromani Akali Dal, have been gunning for the minister.Meanwhile, Gurnam’s family has sought closure to its prolonged struggle. His grandson, Amaninder Singh Suyach, who resides at Ghalori village in Patiala district, said, “It’s been a 30-year-long legal battle for the Suyach family. The system has rubbed salt into our wounds as the person responsible for the death of our family head has remained on top political positions, even as he (Sidhu) openly accepted his crime on national television.”Gurnam’s son Narvedinder Singh said, “Everyone talks of justice for victims. Look at the recent cases of abuse of young girls. Why then should justice be denied to us?”He added: “An old man was killed by a person (Sidhu) who was drunk on his popularity and power, but strangely no one is fighting for our cause. I request his party’s leaders Rahul Gandhi and Capt Amarinder Singh to stand by us, purely on humanitarian grounds and for the sake of justice. There is a ray of hope for us after 30 years. Let it not be doused by politics.”Gurnam’s grandson did not comment when asked if the Suyachs had been subjected to political pressure, even as there are reports that Congress MLA Gurpreet Singh Kangar, a close relative of the family, and senior party leader Lal Singh had tried to intervene to bring about a compromise.