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All 4 Moga molestation-death case accused walk free

The shocking case had triggered a statewide outrage and political backlash for then SAD-BJP government as the bus belonged to Orbit, a company owned by the Badal family.

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2017 08:41 IST
Parampreet Singh Narula
Driver Ranjit Singh (right) and conductor Sukhwinder Singh outside the Faridkot Jail .
Driver Ranjit Singh (right) and conductor Sukhwinder Singh outside the Faridkot Jail .(HT Photo)

A local court on Monday acquitted four persons, arrested in the infamous 2015 Moga molestation case in which a 13-year-old girl died after being molested and pushed off a moving, following lack of evidence.

The shocking case had triggered a statewide outrage and political backlash for then SAD-BJP government as the bus belonged to Orbit, a company owned by the Badal family.

The court of additional district and sessions judge Lakhwinder Kaur Duggal acquitted bus driver Ranjit Singh, conductor Sukhwinder Singh alias Pamma and two helpers --- Gurdeep Singh alias Jimmy and Amar Ram --- after prime witnesses, including girl’s mother Shinder Kaur, who was the complainant, and father Sukhdev Singh, turned hostile.

The accused were booked by the Baghapurana police under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, Section 3 of the SC/ST Act and Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Defence counsels Anupinder Singh Sekhon and Ramandeep Singh Aulakh said the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence against their clients in the court.

After outcry, the state government had given the girl’s family a compensation of Rs 24 lakh, besides offering a government job to one member of the family.

The case file

April 29, 2015: 13-year-old girl dies after being molested and thrown out of an Orbit bus

April 30: Baghapurana police register FIR against four, including driver, conductor and two helpers for murder and other sections

May 3: Orbit bus company offers Rs 24 lakh to girl’s family, state govt promises job to kin

May 4: Family cremates the girl after accepting compensation

Feb 9, 2016: Victim’s mother Shinder Kaur refuses to identify accused during a hearing, claiming that she was not fully conscious when cops recorded her statement

March 25: Girl’s brother, another witness refuse to identify the accused in court.

March 30: Court grants bail to two helpers.

April 29: Ticket issuer Balraj Singh turns hostile

July 17: Court acquits all four for want of evidence