Though more than 10 months have passed since she was allegedly kidnapped by a man from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, a girl -- a US citizen -- hailing from Pahuwind, remains untraceable.
The Tarn Taran police have so far only been able to identify the alleged accused, who still continues to be at large.
The girl has been identified as Prabhsimran Kaur (17), a resident of Pahuwind and a bearer of the US green card.
Ironically, the higher police officials in Tarn Taran have expressed ignorance about the matter. However, the Tarn Taran police have registered a case against one Ranjit Singh alias Rishi (32), a resident of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, under sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 366-A (procuration of minor girl) on the complaint of Mukhwinder Kaur, mother of the girl and a resident of Pahuwind at Bhikhiwind police station.
Giving details, Bhikhiwind police station SHO Jaspal Singh said that the girl, who had recently obtained a green card, was in the US with her father and brother before the kidnapping occurred and had returned to stay with her mother in village Pahuwind. He added that Ranjit Singh alias Rishi was an accused in two cases registered against him in Kullu police station.
“The accused hails from Mandi, is married and has a seven-year-old daughter. He is accused in two cases registered against him at Kullu police station. He absconded from there and came to the Golden Temple,” said the SHO. He added that the girl too went to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple with her father where she met the accused.
“The kidnapping occurred thereafter and the girl was allegedly kidnapped from her Pahuwind village,” he said. The SHO said the case had gathered limelight recently because earlier the cops were unable to identify the accused as the kin of the girl had got a case registered against an unidentified person.
“Just recently we were able to lay hands on his picture and identified him through it. We have also traced the call details of the missing girl, though she is yet to be traced. The accused did not make any ransom calls to the girl’s family,”
Jaspal Singh added.
He added that efforts were being made to trace the whereabouts of the girl.
Meanwhile, Tarn Taran SSP Manmohan Kumar Sharma said he was not aware of the case.