The Kotkapura police of Faridkot district have booked four persons, including Parveen Kumar Gupta, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the complaint of Poonam Sharma, wife of Amit Prakash Sharma who died on Sunday.
Amit Prakash was the son of the outgoing BJP president Gayatri Prakash Sharma who was removed from the post a few days ago by the party high command after a woman named Komal Sharma wrote to the state president and Faridkot SSP that Prakash's son had allegedly demanded Rs 1 lakh from her to get her the post of an anganwadi worker in the woman and children welfare department two years ago.
Komal Sharma, a Kotkapura resident, had claimed to have paid Rs 45,000 to Amit but said neither was she given the job nor her money returned.
Gayatri Prakash Sharma, who was then the Faridkot district BJP president, had termed the complaint false, saying the woman herself had a criminal case registered against her and only wanted to defame his son.
Poonam claimed to have recovered a suicide note from Amit's clothes after his cremation. On her complaint, police have booked former BJP president Parveen Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Komal Sharma and Sunil Singla, a pharmacist.
"The four accused conspired against my husband and lodged a false complaint with the police and the president of BJP to defame our family, in connivance with Komal Sharma. They also got the news printed in newspapers which deeply affected my father-in-law and husband," alleged Poonam in her complaint.
"They had been continuously taunting my husband in public and also sent him to illegal police custody. They taunted us that they had been successful in removing my father-in-law Gayatri Prakash Sharma from the post of the district president," she said.
The police have booked the four under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) and 34 of the IPC at the city police station, confirmed Amritpal Singh, SHO city, Kotkapura.
When contacted, Parveen Kumar Gupta said, "It is very surprising that an FIR has been lodged against me. I have nothing to do with the case and have no grudge against the family. In fact, I share their grief."
Gupta added, "I have been targeted due to some motive best known to the family as the suicide note was recovered after the cremation and no post mortem was conducted. The deceased died a natural death as he had been suffering from a disease of the pancreas for many years," he said.
Both Parveen Kumar and Gayatri Prakash are residents of Kotkapura town.