Butti Ram, the father of murder victim Jyoti,has still not got security despite having reported a threat from main accused Himachal Congress MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary. He had first complained to Punjab Police on December 12, 2013, and to the commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, last Friday.
The Panchkula police on Friday had registered the FIR against Doon MLA Chaudhary and his wife Nidhi, and mediators Laddu Ram, Rajinder Kumar and one unknown person under sections 195A, 506 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for threatening any person to give false evidence, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt and forwarded it to SSP of Hoshiarpur for taking further action.
When HT contacted SSP Narinder Bhargav, he said they were taking legal opinion from the district attorney.
Butti Ram had turned hostile in the case on December 23, refusing to identify Chaudhary, only to later turn up on Friday with allegations that he had been threatened into backtracking. He had prayed for security for him and his family.
His complaint made to the Bhunga police post in Hoshiarpur on December 12 mentioned that Laddu Ram, a resident of Dasuya village, had visited Butti Ram's residence at Bhunga and forced him to compromise and take money. When ASI Malkit Singh, in-charge of Bhunga police post, was contacted, he replied, "After he gave the complaint, we called him on a specific date but he replied that he was busy. Then he was called again, but he replied that he had to appear in court and would come to the police post after appearing in the court hearing. Right now, we have received the FIR from Panchkula and we are examining it legally."
Jyoti, 24, was found dead, her head smashed, by the side of the road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012.
Butti Ram's lawyer NS Shekhawat said, ""The police have acted in contrary to the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The crime was committed in Hoshiarpur, then in SAS Nagar and Chandigarh, and the final act was performed at the Panchkula district courts where he was surrounded by a number of people. The FIR should be registered at Panchkula. We will approach the high court."