Religious and political groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called for a half-day shut down in Kapurthala on Thursday, to protest the police’s “shoddy” probe into the murder 14-year-old Jaskirat Singh earlier this month.
Son of a city-based industrialist, the Class 10 student was kidnapped on April 11. His decomposed body was found two days later at Fatehabad village of Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district. Police have so far failed to solve the case and make arrests.
‘Justice for Jaskirat’, a 25-member committee comprising religious groups, political parties and local market associations on Wednesday appealed to residents to observe a shut down till 2pm on Thursday and hold a protest at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk in the morning.
Subhash Makrandi of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha said groups of five committee members each visited educational institutes, offices, shops and other prominent areas and urged them for support. Most of the schools have agreed to shut down, he said.
“We want the accused nabbed as soon as possible… over two weeks have passed but the city police have yet to arrest the murderers,” he added.
Principal of MGN School, Prabdeep Monga, said the school will remain closed on Thursday. “This is a very sensitive issue and every citizen of Kapurthala has sympathy for Jaskirat’s family and we want culprits to be arrested soon,” she said.
Monga, who is also secretary of the Kaputhal Sahodaya Complex, a panel formed to look into school affairs in the city, said she had spoken to other principals who had also decided to close down for a day to join the protest.
For a change, senior Congress and SAD-BJP leaders have united in announcing support to the protest march. SAD leader Sarabjit Makkar and Kapurthala Congress MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh will be joining the protest at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk.