Istri Jagriti Manch (IJM) alleged on Saturday that that Punjab government and the police were trying to shield the truth from the people in the case regarding abduction of 15-year-old Shruti Sachdeva.
Shruti, a resident of Faridkot, was found in Goa last week and sent to Nari Niketan. According to IJM members, the government and the police had something to hide and hence were not allowing them to meet Shruti.
In a press statement IJM general secretary Amandeep Kaur Deol said the police had been giving "baseless" reasons for denying them permission to meet Shruti. "On one hand, the police officials say that to maintain law and order, only Shruti's relatives are being allowed to meet her; on the other hand those who claim that it is a case of elopement of lovers, are being permitted to meet her," said Deol.
"It is also shocking that police let Shruti's mother meet her only for one and a half minutes," she said. "The Punjab government is shielding the accused."
Deol also accused director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini and the chief minister advisor Harcharan Bains for giving threatening statements to the media and trying to suppress the public outcry against the government on the case.
"IJM will launch a statewide protest against the government and not tolerate such behaviour from it or the police," she added.