Unhappy with the police inaction in the Ajnala murder case, the family of the victim, Gurpreet Singh Gopi, and former health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla met IGP (border zone) RP Mittal on Friday and demanded an impartial inquiry into the murder.
The Amritsar (rural) police had registered a case of abduction and murder against 11 persons, including Akali sarpanch Amarjit Singh, for allegedly beating Gopi to death.
So far, only two persons have been arrested in the case. The Amritsar (rural) police have claimed that as per the preliminary inquiry, the sarpanch was not involved in the murder.
Perturbed over this, Gopi's mother Sukhraj Kaur and his other family members told Mittal that the police had failed to arrest the remaining accused even after five days of the murder.
Sukhraj also mentioned that Gopi was kidnapped and later beaten to death. The claim of the police that Gopi was not kidnapped is totally misleading, she said. She asked the IGP to ensure the arrest of all the accused named in the FIR, including the sarpanch.
BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla, who has been supporting the family, said, "There is an urgent need for the police to take necessary action so that the family can get justice. The police are trying to shield the sarpanch. They are working under political pressure."
Even as only two accused have been arrested, the police have started claiming that the sarpanch had no role to play in the murder, she said.
Talking to HT, Mittal said, "The family has met me and I have told them that a fair probe would be done in a very professional manner and that there was no scope for any political pressure. Efforts are on to arrest all the other accused."