It has been more than two months after Prempal Singh was allegedly murdered by a human trafficking gang in Thailand. His family members have now alleged that despite having registered a case in this connection, the police are yet to take any action against the ‘accused’.
“We lost a young member of our family despite paying lakhs of rupees to our brother’s abductors as ransom,” said Jagram, Prempal’s elder brother.
“Just because we are poor and are not well-connected, the police have ignored the case,” alleged Padam Singh, the deceased’s brother-in-law. “We have lost about Rs 6.52 lakh which includes over Rs 1.12 lakh as transportation charges for the body and Rs 4.40 lakh as ransom,” he added.
But Haryana Police say their role is limited in the case. “As the crime took place on foreign shores, we have a limited role to play. I have already written to the CID wing of Haryana Police in this connection,” said Anil Dhawan, SP, Palwal. However, CID officers say the crime wing is supposed to handle such cases.
On November 1, 2011, Prempal of Rajpur Khadar village in district Palwal was allegedly murdered by a gang of human traffickers in Thailand. Prempal had done a Merchant Navy course in Mumbai and had gone to Malaysia in search of a job along with one Sanjeev Kumar of Ballabgarh.
On October 17, both the youth’s families had received calls about their having been kidnapped and that the two will be released only after a hefty ransom was paid.
By October 21, Prempal’s family had deposited about R4.40 lakh in different Indian bank accounts as per the kidnappers’ demands. It was only when the kidnappers demanded more money that the family informed the police.
And it was only after November 8 that the family received Prempal’s body, that too after depositing R1.12 lakh as transportation charges.
The family also went to Punjab and met Sangrur’s SP to locate the whereabouts of one Amarjeet Singh, who is believed to be one of the kidnappers. Palwal police have already registered a case under 302, 201, 420, 406, 120B, 364A of IPC and section 25/27 of Immigration Act against five people including Sanjeev Rawat of Ballabgarh and Amarjeet Singh of Sangrur.
“The crime department may be handling the case. I have not seen the case file,” — this was the response of Yashpal, ADG CID, Haryana, on being questioned about the case’s progress.