Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday assured that the state government would set an example by punishing the guilty in the Shruti abduction case so that no one dared to repeat such an inhuman act.
"It is a very sad and unfortunate incident and no one should play politics over the issue. Our primary aim is to first trace the girl and also those behind her abduction. We would want to set an example by punishing the guilty behind the abduction as per the rule of law so that no one even thinks of repeating such a shameful act in any nook and corner of Punjab," said Sukhbir, addressing a press conference.
Shruti Sachdeva (15) was abducted from her Faridkot house at gunpoint by Nishan Singh and his accomplices on September 24. Shruti's father Ashwani Kumar Sachdeva and mother Seema Sachdeva were thrashed by the accused when the couple tried to resist them.
"From day one, I have been in touch with the Punjab director general of police (DGP) and have also been monitoring the case. We even transferred the deputy inspector general (DIG) and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) on administrative grounds as they were unable to make any headway in the case. The police have already made some arrests and got some vital clues about the whereabouts of the prime abductors. Soon, they would be apprehended," said Sukhbir, who was accompanied by cabinet ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Sikander Singh Maluka and Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
Rs 5-lakh reward
In an effort to expedite the arrest of Nishan Singh and others in the Shruti case, Sukhbir has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for any tip-off about the accused. The Punjab government is also exploring the legal option of confiscating the property and other immovable assets of the accused.
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