Body of teenager recovered from Bhakra canal

  • Harinder Singh Khaira, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2016 12:41 IST
The family members of deceased Ravi Kumar protesting against Punjab Police in front of Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Friday. (HT Photo)

The body of the teenager from Kallar Bhaini village, 10-km from Patiala, was recovered from the Bhakra canal near Khanauri town in Sangrur district, on Friday.

Ravi Kumar (15) had gone missing from June 20.

However, alleging foul play, the family members of the deceased, along with other villagers and relatives, staged a protest near Thikriwala chowk, saying that the police were conducting biased investigations in the case to defend the culprits with whom Ravi had a scuffle four days ago.

“He had a war of words with some people at a hair cutting saloon in the village and after that, he was called by them to teach him a lesson,” said the family members.

Alleging murder, the family said the police did not register any case, even as their child was missing since June 20.

Madan Sharma, the father of the victim, said they were visiting the police officials at Dakala police post and Passiana police station for the registration of case since Monday.

“The police at Dakala asked us to complain the case at ‘Sanjh Kendra’ in Patiala by saying that Ravi was only missing from his house,” said Sharma.

The protestors blocked the road for almost two hours and after the assurance from the police officials of appropriate action against the culprits, the family members took the dead body from the road to Rajindra Hospital for postmortem.

Meanwhile, the police registered a case under Section 365 (kidnapping) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Thursday at Passiana police station of the district.

Investigating officer (IO) said the postmortem was conducted on Friday and they were waiting for the report for the addition in the FIR.

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