SGPC calls for probe into national-level handball player’s suicide

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Chandigarh, Aug 22: The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday ordered for a inquiry into the suicide of a national-level handball player who was allegedly denied hostel facility by authorities of a SGPC-run college in Patiala city, 80 km from here.

The victim, Pooja Kumari aged 20 years left a suicide note written in blood addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her family. She written that she was taking the extreme step as she could not afford to spend Rs 3,270 every month to reach the college as she belonged to a poor family.

The Punjab Police have registered a case against the physical education department head of the college, Gursharan Singh Gill, under charges of abetment to suicide. However, Gill is on the run.

Pooja in her note had pointed out that Gill used to harass a few players.

Pooja was a BA second year student at the Khalsa College, managed by SGPC, in Patiala. She committed suicide on Saturday by hanging herself at her home.

She committed suicide just hours after the country was rejoicing the Olympic medals of women players, badminton champion P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik.

Pooja, in her suicide note, said that she was denied admission to the college under the sports quota, which would have made her eligible for a free hostel facility.

The SGPC on Sunday formed a five-member committee, headed by the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, vice chancellor Gurmohan Singh Walia.

Pooja’s father works as a street vendor in Patiala.

Wefornews Bureau

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