The family of 14-year-old boy Jaskirat Singh, son of a local industrialist, who was kidnapped on Monday and was found murdered on Wednesday, has accused the police of shoddy handling of the case.
Singh’s grandfather, Baldev Singh, said SSP Rajinder Singh had claimed that a high alert was issued in the state after the kidnapping on Monday evening but the police found the victim’s scooter only on Wednesday lying dumped on Subhanpur-Hamira road.
Singh claimed that when his son received the ransom call, the location of the kidnappers was in Kapurthala, despite that the police failed to reach them.
He said the police assured them that they would get the child back safely and there was no need to pay the ransom, hoping the kidnappers would make another ransom call, but that did not happen. He said it is a complete failure of the police as to how the kidnappers managed to dump the body at a Goindwal Sahib village despite the high alert sounded in Kapurthala, which showed that the police had failed to check the car.
The grandfather claimed that on Monday night, when the family was looking for the boy, not a single cop was seen on the roads.
Meanwhile, local leaders visited the house on Thursday and expressed sympathy with the family. Jaskirat was cremated on Thursday morning.
SSP Rajinder Singh denied the family’s allegations saying the police had worked on various angles and did their best to save the child.
Nab accused in a week: SAD leader
In a press conference at the rest house here, senior SAD leader Sarabjit Makkar condemned the incident and asked the police to nab the accused in a week. “Police did their best but some lapses led to the unfortunate incident. We want that the accused are arrested soon,” Makkar said.
Rana Gurjeet concerned over law and order
Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh condemned the killing. He expressed concern over the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state. Rana met the family and expressed condolences. He held the police responsible for not being able to save the life of the boy even after the kidnappers had made a ransom call.