17-yr-old’s ‘rape’, murder: Victim’s kin lay siege to Housefed Colony, say nab 3 more accused

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2016 14:12 IST
Protesters blocking traffic; and (below) a traffic snarl at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Saturday. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

The alleged rape followed by murder of a 17-year-old Dalit girl triggered protests by her kin, who blocked the gates of colony — where she was found dead — and traffic at Bahrat Nagar Chowk demanding arrest of three more accused on Saturday.

The protesters gathered at Housefed Colony in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in the morning and blocked all four gates from 8am to 10am. They did not allow anyone — residents, milkmen and maids — to enter or exit the colony.

After keeping people waiting for milk, bread and newspaper for two hours, the protesters marched towards Bharat Nagar Chowk and blocked the traffic for more than an hour.

“We were confined to our houses and the protesters were shouting abuse. Many of us got late to office,” said a resident. “Only four cops turned up at the spot. Later we spoke to senior police officials and the protest was lifted around 10.30am.”

Police divert traffic, pacify protesters

Heavy police force was deployed at the spot to avoid any untoward situation. Utter chaos was witnessed when traffic flow was paralysed due to the blockade, but police managed to divert the traffic.

Naming three more accused, protesters demanded FIR against them. Later they lifted the protest after police assured them of action. Brother of the deceased said they demanded capital punishment for all accused. He said they will not cremate the body till the accused are arrested.

ADCP (City 3) Paramjit Singh Pannu said, “The girl’s family has named three more suspects, including a woman. Police will investigate about their role in the killing.”

What happened

A 17-year-old domestic help was found murdered near the house of an exporter at the ground floor of Housefed flats in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road on Friday morning. The post-mortem report revealed that she was three months pregnant.Police have arrested the owner of the house Narinder Tangri and his son Sachin Tangri on charges of killing the girl.

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