Alleging police inaction, woman, 3 daughters jump into Bhakra canal

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 23:45 IST

Accusing the Patran police of not taking action to locate her missing daughter, a 45-year-old woman, along with her three other daughters, jumped into the Bhakra canal near Patran, 60 km from here, on Monday.

Though the locals took out Shakuntala Devi and her daughter Ashu (18), the other two daughters Rajni (17) and Priyanka (15) were washed away because of the strong current.

The two survivors were rushed to the civil hospital at Khanauri, 5 km from Patran.

According to information, her eldest daughter, who is in her 20s and is pursuing graduation, allegedly eloped with a boy of their locality of Krishan Nagar at Patran, following which the family went to register a complaint with the police on Sunday.

Rajbir Singh, Shakuntala’s husband, alleged that the personnel at the Patran police station did not pay heed to their requests and didn’t register a case. The family alleged that they again approached the police on Monday, but they told them to bring the girl’s birth certificate.

Allegedly upset over this, Shakuntala, along with her three other daughters, jumped into a canal near Khanauri around 3.30pm.

However, DSP Swarnjeet Singh dismissed the allegations as baseless saying the family came to the police station only on Monday to register the complaint around 1pm, and later they came to know that the four of them had jumped into the canal.

SP Jaskiranjeet Singh Teja said it was too early to comment on the alleged lapses on part of the police. “We are verifying the allegations. Action will follow the inquiry,” Teja said.

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