It has been over a month since a Harpreet Singh (21) of Sector 37, Chandigarh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near a park in Phase 3B2, SAS Nagar, his family has been running from pillar to post seeking justice.
“He had left home promising to come home early after attending a party to celebrate Lohri with the family. I do not even know how my son died,” Rajwinder Kaur, Harpreet‘s mother who was found dead, a day after he went missing.
On January 14 morning, police knocked at their door and broke the news to them, sending a shock wave in the family.
It took more than 19 days for the police to register an FIR (first information report) and that too after the victim’s parents approached the Punjab director general of police (DGP) seeking justice. Rajwinder accuses the police of going slow on the case from the very beginning.
“He left home at 12 noon and did not return. He was an occasional drinker. His father talked to him at 6:40pm and he said he would be back by 7pm. He even asked his father to arrange woods for bonfire,” she said.
Harpreet was waiting for his study visa to go abroad and was pursuing a photography course.
She said when she called on Harpreet’s mobile at 7:30pm, an unidentified voice answered the phone telling that her son was not well but when she asked where he was she elicited no answer.
The police told the family that Harpreet partied with his friends, including a woman, and was not willing to go home. His condition was deteriorating and the female friend with the help of her three neighbours dropped him at the park where he was found dead, the police said.
“Why they did not bring him home even though till last phone Harpreet was eager to come home? Why they did not provide us address we could have brought him back home?”, questions Rajwinder. Harpreet father is a government employee in Haryana and his sister has still not been able to come to terms with the loss.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP City) Alam Vijay Singh, said, ”We have registered a case and the viscera report is awaited. We have written to the forensic laboratory to deal with the case on priority base. Investigations are on.”