The Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday ordered the release of the 13-year-old boy who had been arrested on May 6 after activists of the Punjab Students Union and Naujawan Bharat Sabha allegedly damaged a bus here. The boy was released from the juvenile home and handed him over to his maternal grandmother Balvir Kaur.
Police had filed an application on May 11 that the minor was found to be innocent in the case, so he should be discharged. But, as his parents did not agree to secure his custody, he could not be released earlier.
Thirteen people had been arrested on May 6, including the boy and Hardeep Kaur Kotla, zonal secretary of the students union, in connection with the violence.
Police had dropped Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against all accused on May 14 after political and social organizations had alleged that a false case had been slapped on the protesters.
Police clean chit to 6 others
On May 18, the local police also filed an application in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Faridkot, seeking to discharge Gian Singh, an elderly man from Jhabel Wali village of Muktsar district; Gurdev Kaur; Balvir Kaur; Parkash Kaur; Simarjit Kaur, wife of Sukhdev Singh; and Simarjit Kaur, wife of Piara Singh; saying that they were found to be innocent and so should be discharged from the case. The court will hear this application on Thursday.