High drama was witnessed at the cremation ground at Phase 6 in SAS Nagar, after the kin of six-year-old boy, Mehram Singh Sandhu, blamed the police for his murder.
The decomposed body of Mehram, who was kidnapped on October 28, was found in Sector 69 on Friday.
Soon after his last rites, those present started hurling abuses at senior police officials present at the cremation ground for shoddy investigation in the case.
Not only cops, political leaders present at the spot also faced the wrath of the public. As Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu and SAD leader Amanjot Kaur Ramuwalia offered condolences, the agitated people questioned them on why they did not push the administration to act on time after the boy went missing.
Amid the melee and the sobbing relatives, the deceased’s grandfather Balwinder Singh fainted and was rushed to a local hospital where his condition is said to be stable.
Kiran Bedi, a resident of SAS Nagar, said learning no lessons from similar incidents in the past, the police kept dilly-dallying the investigation, despite regular inputs from the deceased’s kin.
Another resident Joginder Singh said the kidnappers were not familiar with Mehram, and asked around for him from the children playing in a Phase-9 park. “How can we let our children leave the house alone in the wake of such incidents,” he questioned.
Child was religious
Mehram’s grandmother Jaswinder Kaur said Mehram was a religious child, and used to go to the gurdwara twice a day. He was popular among devotees for doing community service in the gurdwara at such a tender age, she added.
Recalling the day of kidnapping, Kaur said she always accompanied Mehram to the park. But on October 28, she was praying in the house, when Mehram left for the park. When she reached there minutes later, he was nowhere to be seen.