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8 days on, Shubhkaran Singh laid to rest after filing of murder FIR, completion of autopsy

Eight days after he died of a fatal head injury suffered during the police firing against Dilli Chalo protest at the Khanauri border on February 21, 22-year-old farmer Shubhkaran Singh was cremated in his native village Thursday afternoon.

The cremation took place after the eight-day-long stalemate between the farmers and the Punjab government over an FIR into Shubhkaran’s death broke by a zero FIR registered at the Patran police station in Patiala district.

Punjab Police registered a zero FIR in connection with his death late Wednesday night.

The body has been kept in the mortuary of Rajindra Medical College and Hospital in Patiala since February 21.

The ‘antim ardas’ (last prayer) of him will be held on Sunday.

“We have registered a zero FIR. We will now conduct an inquiry to ascertain the place where the incident took place and the people responsible for it. The post-mortem report will determine the cause of death. Action will be taken against the culprits,” said Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia said, “Zero FIR means zero results. After registering a zero FIR, it has been sent to Haryana for investigation. Will the Haryana government take action against their own people? Bhagwant Mann is playing into the hands of Haryana. He is working as per the directions of the Haryana Police and the Haryana government. More than 250 farmers suffered injuries and five lost eyesight…how will they ensure justice for Shubhkaran?”

Meanwhile, the autopsy report of Shubhkaran Singh has revealed that he died of a “firearm injury” on the back of his head.

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