For two consecutive days before the 16-year-old girl was set afire on December 4, allegedly by those who had earlier assaulted and raped her, her family had repeatedly pleaded with the Ludhiana police to provide them protection.
The girl’s parents shuttled between the police commissioner’s office and the local police station on December 2 and 3, demanding security.
The family was not provided protection despite their having informed the police that they had been issued a fresh threat by the accused that they would kill the girl.
On December 4, the accused barged into the victim’s house and allegedly set her on fire. The hapless girl succumbed to her burns on December 9.
“Had the police heeded our pleas, our daughter would have been alive,” said her father on Wednesday.
The girl, a Class 12 student of a government school, had accused six people of rape, abduction and assault.
On December 2, one of the accused had allegedly visited the area and threatened the younger brother of the victim that he would kill the girl once the matter subsided.
The boy informed their father, who went to the police commissioner’s office on December 2.
Police commissioner Pramod Ban was in New Delhi on an official assignment.
“I told the additional deputy commissioner to register the complaint,” Ban said.
But no action was taken on the complaint, alleges the victim’s father.
“I registered a complaint, first on December 2 with a senior police officer, and then on December 3 again visited the Focal Point police station,” he claimed. “No security cover was provided to us despite our telling the police that the accused are threatening to kill my daughter. The police could have saved her if a security cover was provided at our house,” said the father.
Complaint receipt given, nothing else
The victim’s father has the complaint receipt provided to him at Focal Point police station after he registered a complaint.
Recalling the threat incident, the younger brother of the victim claimed that the accused had come on a motorcycle and stood close to their house.
“He asked a shopkeeper near our house about me. When I went to him he said he would kill my sister once the matter cooled off,” he said.
Police commissioner Pramod Ban told Hindustan Times that he was not in the city on December 2 when the father of the victim had come to meet him.
“I had asked the official concerned to look into the complaint after which the police station concerned was asked to provide security to the family,” Ban said. He said a PCR was keeping an eye in the area besides the area surveillance.
Meanwhile, a day after the victim died, police arrested the fifth accused on Wednesday. He has been identified as Amarjit. Earlier, four accused were already in police custody.