The district police have decided to take the assistance of Interpol, the global criminal police agency, in the Mehram Sandhu murder case in order to summon Varinder Pal Singh, father of the six-year boy whose decomposed body was found in Sector 69 on November 7, to join the investigations.
Varinder was declared a prime suspect in the case after the child went missing on October 28, following which the police issued a “lookout circular” to all international airports in India on October 31.
Meanwhile, having failed to make any headway in the case, the way of functioning of the district police’s intelligence wing has come under the scanner. Doubts have been raised over the sources of information received by the police while investigations have revealed the cops were relying excessively on only phone call details.
Apart from stating family members might have been involved in the kidnapping and murder, the police have not been able to come up with any credible theory. When the police learnt no ransom call had been made by the boy’s kidnappers they questioned Varinder’s family members but failed to find any compelling evidence they might have been involved.
Sources said it appeared the police were working solely on the basis of allegations made by the complainant, Balwinder Singh, Mehram’s maternal grandfather, in the first investigation report filed in the case. In the FIR, accessed by HT, Balwinder alleged his daughter, Harinder Kaur, married Varinder, a resident of Kharar, on June 3, 2007. He said the couple moved to Australia where Mehram was born, and later returned India. He claimed the couple were having strained relations.
Balwinder said on October 28, Varinder called up his wife from Australia to “threaten her” and, on the same day, Mehram was kidnapped in the evening. Balwinder told the police Varinder along with other members of his family had kidnapped the child.
Though the police claimed they questioned Varinder’s family members, the question that is being raised now is why the cops did not try to ascertain the motive behind the boy’s murder. A close relative of the deceased said the police focussed on Balwinder and his family when there was no ransom call and they suspected that the child might be in the possession of his mother’s relatives.
Confirming the development, SAS Nagar SSP Inder Mohan Bhatti said the police had sought Interpol’s assistance to summon Varinder to join the investigations into the case as they could not do so directly.
“We’re working on various angles but the fact that Mehram’s parents were engage in a bitter dispute is now figuring prominently as no ransom was demanded by their son’s kidnappers.