Published October 15, 2012 | 12:31 pm
Manpreet joins protest, Sukhbir cancels Faridkot visit
In a sudden twist related to the abduction of a teenage girl Shruti from Faridkot, the police that was earlier trying to hush up the case with an alleged forged letter is now saying that the letter was either forged or written under duress.Inspector General of Police Bathinda zone NS Dhillon today said the letter produced by the Faridkot police on October 6 supposedly written by the abducted girl was either forged or written under duress.
The Faridkot Police including the then DIG PS Umranangal and the then Senior Superintendent of Police Gurinder Singh Dhillon had released a letter to the media persons along with the marriage photographs of the girl and the accused.Shruti’s parents had alleged that police was trying to hush up the case at behest of some local Akali leaders, who were shielding the accused Nishan Singh Brar.
The police have arrested two more accused in the case who, had allegedly helped Nishan in abduction of the girl. They have been identified as Kulwinder Kaur and Nishu Arora who facilitated the girl’s abduction. Nishan had allegedly paid Rs 50,000 to Kulwinder to buy some clothes and other things before abducting the victim.
Three weeks have passed since 15-year-old Shruti was kidnapped from her residence and her mother has reportedly gone into depression.Some women organizations are planning to send bangles to the Punjab police over their failure to locate the girl and her kidnappers, even after three weeks.
Meanwhile the issue got more political fire after People’s Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal on Monday visited Faridkot to join the protest against Shruti’s abduction.He expressed his party’s support to the family, joint action committee and the protesters.He termed it as a non-political visit meant to share the grief of the family and extend help to the protesters in bringing back the girl and getting the accused punished.
“It is a sad and unfortunate incident. I visited the place to share the grief of the family. I understand the anger and shock of the Faridkot residents. We are concerned thinking of what kind of Punjab we are living in,” Manpreet said while addressing the people.
Manpreet said that a population of three crore in the state has been following only about 3,000 people, who include anti-social elements and those with vested interests.
It may be mentioned only Faridkot SAD MLA Deep Malhotra joined the protest while all other Akali leaders including MP Paramjit Gulshan are silent over the issue.
Meanwhile, apparently fearing a public backlash, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today cancelled his visit to Faridkot to attend the bhog ceremony of an Akali leader.
Sources said the Deputy Chief Minister’s visit was cancelled despite massive security arrangements after the official vehicle of a Cabinet minister faced tough opposition from the public this morning.