Published October 12, 2012 | 11:14 am
Putting up a united front, all traders downed shutters and locals took to the streets Friday in Faridkot town to protest Punjab Police’s failure to act over the kidnapping of a teenaged girl Shruti by a local gangster Nishan Singh Brar, 19 days ago.
Bandh was being observed in Fardikot today on a call given by the joint action committee. The committee is holding protest against the police failure to trace 15-year-old Shruti, who was allegedly abducted by Nishan Singh and his accomplices on September 24.
Under the banner of Gundagardi Virodhi Saanjhi Action Committee, traders, local residents, NGOs, unions and other associations called for a shutdown.
The girl, a Class 10 student of a local convent school, was kidnapped from her house Sep 24 by an armed gang led by local gangster Nishan Singh. Her parents were assaulted by the gang and had to be rushed to hospital.
The protesters criticised police for failing to arrest the gangster and his henchmen and for not rescuing the girl and instead trying to hush up the case with fabricated letter and marriage pictures of Nishan and Shruti.
Various social and political organizations also supported the bandh to press the police to arrest the accused soon.Traffic was blocked at various entry points to the city and the protesters also resorted to sloganeering against police and some ruling party leaders for shielding the accused.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the transfer of Deputy Inspector-General of Police Paramraj Singh Umranangal and senior superintendent of Police GS Dhillon. Gurpreet Singh Toor is the new Faridkot SSP.
The local police has also decided to issue a public lookout notice in newspapers to find any clue to the whereabouts of the kidnappers of Shruti.