The Government Railway Police (GRP) have booked three policemen, including a station house officer (SHO), in a case of abetment to suicide after a shopkeeper threw himself under a train last week, but not arrested anyone yet.
Police took three days to register the first-information report (FIR) in the Inderpal Ahuja suicide case. The victim’s family —of two sisters and a mother — is quiet, though sources say it has received multiple threats in the past few days to withdraw the case. Ahuja had posted his suicide note on Facebook and named the cops in it.
GRP sub-inspector Inderjit Singh said that a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered against SHO concerned Davinder Chaudhary, assistant sub-inspector Buta Singh, and head constable Swaran Singh. The GRP’s Jalandhar superintendent of police Lakhwinder Singh Khaira is the investigating officer.
Asked what took police so long to register the FIR, the sub-inspector said: “We were gathering evidence.” The evidence, though, was public. Asked, how much time it would take to make arrests, Khaira said he could not say anything. “We have an SIT (special investigation team) looking into it,” he claimed.
The victim’s relatives who unlocked the password-protected digital video reorder (DVR) at the victim’s mobile-phone shop found it empty to their dismay. They had called experts to crack the code, hoping to find footage of the cops from the last visit a week ago. The victim’s mother, Kuldeep Kaur, said: “I have lost my only son. Now that the case has been registered, I hope for justice.”
The victim’s brother-in-law, Narender Singh, thanked the Punjab and Haryana high court lawyers’ association for pleading the case for thorough inquiry. He regretted that the accused roamed free in spite of the FIR. Police have not even detained the accused. Investigating officer Khaira said the statements of the accused would be recorded only if required.
The special investigation team (SIT) report, which was to be submit on Monday evening, has been delayed by a week. Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Sandeep Garg, investigation officer from Ludhiana, cited in the “absence of a strong evidence”, so far, to seek a week more to file the report.
“The victim’s last post on Facebook might be good evidence, but we will also have to look at the victim’s bank transactions and internet data, which will take some time,” said Garg.