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Verka residents demand CBI inquiry in Gurkirat murder case

HT Correspondent  Amritsar, January 17, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(17/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(17/1/2013)

Residents of Verka have demanded that the murder case of nine-year-old Gurkirat Singh, alias Gora, should be handed over to the CBI as the Punjab Police had "proved its incompetence" by failing to solve this case and apprehend those responsible.

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A joint memorandum signed by around 500 residents for a CBI inquiry was handed over to police commissioner Ram Singh here on Thursday. Copies of the memo were also faxed to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who looks after the home portfolio, and DGP SS Saini.

In the memorandum, Verka residents have advised the police commissioner to admit the incompetence of his police force and asked the state government for a CBI inquiry to nail those responsible for this gruesome crime. The manner in which the police handled the case right from the onset clearly shows the "irresponsible attitude" of the cops, the memorandum said.

The nine-year old boy, son of Angrez Singh, was kidnapped from his house in Verka on November 7, and two days later, a case of kidnapping was registered at the Verka police station. The police failed to trace the boy, whose body was recovered from a lane just a couple of yards away from his home on November 16.

The murder had led to a lot of resentment among residents and they had protested against the brutal crime and demanded the arrest of the culprits. The police officers gave assurances of solving the case, but till date no one has been arrested.

In the memorandum, residents, including the boy's father, claimed that the police failed to collect certain vital clues at the time of the kidnapping. A number of persons were taken into custody but on one pretext or the other, they were all released, they said.

"Police officers, including the commissioner, kept making claims of solving the case within a given time frame. But on each occasion the time frame was extended. This clearly shows that the cops were either groping in the dark or were not deliberately arresting those responsible, as these persons have political connections," residents claimed in the memorandum.

They urged the commissioner not to shy away from admitting the incompetence of his men and hand over the case to the CBI without any further delay.

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