Family members and relatives of a 20-year-old youth, who was allegedly drowned in Aliwal river on July 15, held a protest against the Batala police for failing to trace their son at Gandhi Chowk here on Friday.
The protesters blocked the traffic on Amritsar-Pathankot national highway for more than two hours and raised slogans against the laxity of the Batala police.
The protesters alleged that more than 20 days had been passed but the police had neither made any effort to trace the body of the missing youth nor they had registered their complaint.
They said that they were moving from one police station to another police station to lodge their complaint but they did not getting any appropriate response from any of the police stations.
Talking to HT, Sunita Sharma, the mother of the missing youth, said her son Money Sharma was working in a water bottling factory at Batala bypass. On July 15, Money along with his friend went to the factory, but around 3.30pm his friend approached them and said that their son had drowned in Aliwal river. Then they rushed to the spot and found the clothes and mobile phone of Money, while his purse was missing. Later, they made several requests to nearby police post for tracing the body of their son, but to no avail, Sunita said.
She said despite their poor financial condition, they arranged divers from Hari-ke-Pattan, who carried out the search operation for two days, but all efforts proved fruitless.
Unable to get any clue, they again approached the Aliwal police post and asked them to carry out search for their son but they were asked to go to Ghiana-Ke-Banger police station, as the place, where the incident occurred did not fall under jurisdiction. Later, they approached Ghiana-Ke-Banger police station with their complaint but the policemen asked them to approach Aliwal police post.
Having doubt of any hidden conspiracy behind the missing of their son, they also approached the senior police officials and tired to lodge their complaint but the officials too marked the case to the concerned police stations, who again forced them to move from one police station to another police station from the last 20 days.
It is only after SP(D), Vipin Chowdhary reached the spot and assured the protesters that their complaint will be registered at Ghiana-Ke-Banger police station and also assured to take action against Money's friend, the protesters lifted the dharna.