The Yamunanagar police have claimed that Amardeep, the main accused who had set a minor girl ablaze, was misleading the cops by claiming that he had a liking for the victim.
Superintendent of police, Yamunanagar, Shashank Anand, told HT over phone on Tuesday that the complainant, victim's father, had never brought to the notice of the police that his daughter was being subjected to harassment by Amardeep, who is in his early 20's.
"A small chunk of land allotted by the panchayat of Milak Khas village to Amardeep's family in front of victim's house was the bone of contention. Victim's family was upset over the allotment as Amardeep was using the space to park his commercial vehicle in which he used to consume alcohol with his friends and play music aloud," said the SP.
He said that when the victim's family complained against the mischievous acts of Amardeep to the panchayat, he got infuriated. Then on June 27 night, he, along with his companions, attacked the family and set the girl afire.
The SP said that the father of the main accused was serving in the paramilitary forces and they were trying to contact him and apprise him about his son's criminal action.
Anand said that he had personally visited the spot and spoke with the members of the victim family and villagers, but none mentioned the alleged eve-teasing.
He clarified that the statement of the victim would be important for invoking more sections of the Indian Penal Code against the accused.
"Villagers have a common grouse against Amandeep for his rowdiness. Whatever the main accused is claiming is just an attempt to divert the attention of the investigators from his planned action of targeting the innocent girl," he said.
Besides, the attempt to murder (302), criminal intimidation (506), rioting (147), unlawful assembly (149), trespassing (452), the Yamunanagar police have also invoked the newly introduced section 326 (A) (hurt by acid attack etc) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
"We have already referred the case to the deputy commissioner under which a monetary compensation of `1 lakh would be given within 15 days and subsequently `2 lakh would be released to the victim family," said the SP, while adding that the cost of the entire medical treatment would be borne by the state government.
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