Finally having rescued Faridkot girl Shruti Sachdeva, 15, and arrested her alleged abductor Nishan Singh, 19, from Goa, the Punjab police now claim to have found that a relative of the girl helped Nishan evade the police for nearly a month.
Officers told HT that one of Shruti's uncles, a resident of Faridkot who used to be present when the police briefed the family, passed the crucial information on to main accused Nishan and others. Analysis of call details showed that the uncle not only received several calls from the alleged abductors, but also called Nishan and co-accused Dimpy Samra many times on and after September 24, the day Nishan and his accomplice took Shruti away at gunpoint.
However, action could take a few days as the police first want to deal with the controversy around the question whether Shruti was abducted or went with Nishan of her own accord.
The uncle was revealed as the black sheep after top officials of the police suspected leakage of information about secret drives and kept a tab on phone calls of the family members. Apparently to avoid suspicion, he was involved in every protest march staged to demand swift action, and used to be in the first row raising slogans against the police for delay in the arrest.