Published September 28, 2012 | 11:52 am
Faridkot: Life came to a stand still in Faridkot after whole town observed a complete bandh in solidarity with the girl’s family who was kidnapped in broad day light and against the police highhandedness who is shielding the culprits at behest of ruling party leaders.
The girl was kidnapped from outside her house on Monday in a very shameful way and continues to remain untraced. The attackers had also injured girl’s parents who were resisting and they fired shots to intimidate her neighbours.
People say the police is doing nothing to trace the abducted girl Shruti, 16,of Dogar Basti, nor have they arrested the people behind the kidnapping. Angry protesters say the abductors led by a notorious gangster Nishan Singh Brar is roaming round freely as they are being allegedly patronized by some leaders of the ruling party.
All shops in the city were closed during Fridays’ protest. Even small vendors in far-off localities and off main market streets suspended their business.
Hundreds of citizens came out in the morning and gathered at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park, from where they marched towards the main bus stand and stopped buses from entering the zone. For more than an hour, the protesters engineered a blockade on the main road outside the bus stand. The police station was their next target, where they raised slogans against the force.Friday was the fifth day of kidnapping.
The protesters also alleged that police is scared of gangster Nishan Singh Brar, who allegedly controls city’s drug mafia and illegal sales of firearms that are being supplied to him from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Nishan was previously also involved in dozens of criminal incidents but it is due to police and political patronage, he escapes the law every time.
The angry residents also staged a protest dharna and blocked the road for some time. While the road blockade was lifted, the shopkeepers kept their shops closed demanding immediate recovery of the abducted girl.
Kikki Dhillon, Punjab Congress general secretary and a former MLA from Faridkot said that nobody was feeling safe. He pointed out, the way the accused Nishan Singh forcibly picked up the victim in front of so many people only showed the crippling law and order situation in state. He said, the accused had the courage to resort to such an act just because he was being patronized by the local Akali leaders
Capt Amarinder Singh condemns kidnapping
Punjab Congress president captain Amarinder Singh lambasted the local police and administration over their failure to trace the abducted girl though they are well aware of the kidnapper.
In a statement issued here, Amarinder expressed solidarity with the girl’s parents and said it was a tragedy that they had to undergo a trauma because of a slack law and order administration. He said, this was only an indication of the lawlessness prevailing in Punjab and this all was being patronized by the ruling Akali Dal.
The Congress is also asking Akalis to stop publicity schemes like’ Nanhi Chaan’ as in reality the girls are not safe in the state.