Even as the police claimed that they had picked some clues in the murder case of 10-year-old Gurkirat, the family of the boy and residents have given a 48-hour ultimatum to the police to nab the killers, besides raising a questionmark on the sincerity of the cops.
Under pressure, the police department has suspended Verka SHO sub-inspector Tarlok Singh, besides ordering a departmental probe against him. Gurkirat, who was kidnapped on November 7 from Verka, was found murdered just a few metres away from his house on November 16.
The episode has brought the role of Amritsar police under scanner, as the residents and bereaved family on Saturday alleged that the police were adamant that Gurkirat was 'missing' and didn't launch the search operation in time.
The residents of Verka said that the body of boy would be cremated only after police showed some results.
Police commissioner Ram Singh said, "We have suspended the SHO and also ordered a departmental probe. This probe will see his role from Day One of the registration of the case."
We have got a tip-off and working on it, he added.
However, Angrej Singh, father of the victim boy, expressed dissatisfaction over the manner in which the police worked on the case. "Police never looked serious in this case. Firstly they never registered a kidnapping case and claimed that the boy was missing. They launched a search operation only after a week Gurkirat was kidnapped. Had the police searched the area earlier, my son would have been alive," he said.
"The worst has happened and now we only want that the police nab the killers of my son at the earliest. The residents have given a 48-hour ultimatum to the police to nab the culprits else we will go on protest," said Angrej Singh.
The police on Saturday continued with their search operation and combed a number of houses in the area. Some people were also rounded up by the police during search.
ADCP (crime) Harjit Singh Brar said, "Efforts are on to nab the accused and we are working hard on it."
On the alleged carelessness on part of the police in recovering the boy alive, Brar said, "Nothing like that. From Day One we were keeping an eye on the case."