Published October 3, 2012 | 12:42 pm
Faridkot: Nishan Singh’s mother and a former municipal councillor were key conspirators in the open kidnapping of Shruti (16) at gunpoint from her house here on September 24, the police have said.
Navjot Kaur, mother of Nishan Singh, main suspect in the incident at Dogra Basti here; and Dimpy Samra, a former municipal councillor from Ward 17 of Faridkot, had hatched the plot and executed it with the help of four other people, including a girl, senior superintendent of police Gurinder Singh Dhillon stated at a press conference here on Thursday.
“Navjot Kaur was on regular touch with Samra on cell phone since September 20 when she had visited Shruti’s house to threaten her parents, as the call details have reveled,” said SSP Dhillon. “The two followed the plan to its execution at 9.45am on September 24.”
A girl worked behind the scenes to help Nishan Singh abduct Shruti, the police have added. “This girl was in touch with Nishan’s friends but she is not from Faridkot.” Said the SSP. “We have identified all actors in this crime. Suspects Varinder Sharma and Kuldeep Kumar are in police custody, and among others, we are close to arresting Ghali of Dashmesh Nagar in Faridkot.”
Faridkot: The failure of police to trace a minor girl Shruti, abducted a week ago from Faridkot, is fuelling unrest among residents here, who are now blaming the police and the ruling Akali party leaders of shielding the accused Nishan Singh Brar.
Even though the area people, members of the family of the abducted girl and eyewitnesses have confirmed the name of an accused in the case, Nishan Singh, the police have done nothing to arrest or interrogate him. This has fuelled anger among people, who are sitting on a continuous dharna seeking justice.
The main accused in the case, Nishan Singh, turned 18 just a couple of months ago and has close to 17 criminal cases against him, including that of murder. Police said the boy has been involved in criminal activities since he was sixteen. He did get arrested in a few cases but being a minor, he escaped with lighter sentences. Nishan reportedly lost his father Surjeet Singh Brar, an army man, at a very young age and was living with his mother in Faridkot. Nishan reportedly enjoys the patronage of Akali leaders, who used his gang to incite violence in the previous assembly polls.
During the recently held Baba Farid mela at Faridkot, Nishan reportedly accompanied SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal to house of Akali leader Parambans Singh Romana alias Bunty Romana and he was also seen posing with Sukhbir Singh Badal in some pics.
As the police is proving impotent to nab Nishan Singh Brar, representatives of more than 100 associations, NGOs, student groups, employees’ associations and farmers’ unions joined hands to raise the pitch of the protest and highlight injustice to the family and the victim under the banner of Gundagardi Virodhi Saanjhi Action Committee .
The 15-year-old girl, Shruti a class X student of a convent school in Faridkot, was abducted from Dogar Basti area. Nishan Singh, a resident of Harendra Nagar, and his friends armed with guns and iron rods had barged into the girl’s house on September 24 afternoon and assaulted her parents before fleeing with her. The records also state that on March 25, 2012, he had kidnapped the same girl from her home. Police had registered a case and the victim was traced from a house in Kharar in Mohali on August 10. After medical examination, police had slapped rape charges on Nishan.
The police is still groping in the dark about the whereabouts of the girl. Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Bathinda Range, addressing media-persons, said Varinder alias Dhalla and Pardeep alias Poppy, both residents of Moga, who had accompanied Nishan Singh during the kidnapping, had been arrested. He claimed that the police had found the car used in the crime .But police has still nothing to say about prime accused Nishan Singh.
Congress Working Committee member Jagmeet Brar visited the family of girl to express solidarity and blamed the police for shielding the criminals.
“Though wanted in over 12 cases, Nishan Singh was seen roaming free in Faridkot, rubbing shoulders with Akali leaders,” Jagmeet Brar alleged. He said the Punjab Congress would submit a memorandum to the Governor, demanding a probe into the police role in the case.
Cellular tower signals show that he has been moving around Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Mohali.