In the Moga molestation and murder case of April, in which a teenage girl was thrown off an Orbit aviation bus owned by Punjab’s ruling family of the Badals, the three witnesses, including the victim’s father, have turned hostile.
The victim’s father and two passengers deposed in the court of Moga additional sessions judge Gurjant Singh on Friday that they were unaware when the crime had been committed. Jagtar Singh of Rode village under the Baghapurana subdivision, and his wife, Amarjit Kaur, had submitted that they had two of the front seats that day, and so could not know anything going on behind.
On September 10, charges were framed against four people over the death of Arshdip Kaur (13) of Landhe Ke village in the district after she was molested and thrown off the moving bus along with her mother, Chhinder Kaur, near Gill village of the Baghapurana subdivision on April 29. The court had summoned the witnesses.
Even Arshdeep’s father, Sukhdev Singh, has recorded in his witness statement that he has no actual clue to the incident because he wasn’t on the bus. The Baghapurana deputy superintendent of police (DSP), case investigator, had recorded the statements of at least 30 people, including a few police personnel and some government employees.
On April 30, a case under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 354 (criminal force to outrage woman’s modesty), 34 (act of omission), and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); Section 3 (punishment for offences of atrocities) of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act; and relevant sections of the Prevention of Atrocities against Children Act was registered at Baghapurana against bus conductor Sukhwinder Singh, the main accused, besides driver Ranjit Singh, and helpers Gurdip Singh and Amarjit Singh. They remain under judicial custody. The next hearing is on January 15.