The Nawanshahr police have started investigation into a case in which an Australia-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI), who is the brother of a 25-year-old rape victim from a village in Banga subdivision, has allegedly received life threats on his Facebook page, in a bid to pressurise him to withdraw the case.
The victim, a B.ED student, was allegedly kidnapped from outside her college and then raped at Banga town of the district on November 18 last year.
The victim’s brother, who is an Australian citizen, complained in an e-mail to the Australia and Punjab police that his parents and sister, residents of Herian village, are facing life threat and demanded security for them.
The NRI in an email to HT said unidentified persons had sent him messages on his Facebook account threatening that he would be killed in Australia. He claimed that abusive and derogatory messages were also sent to his Facebook inbox about his sister, folllwoing which he immediately filed a complaint with the Nawanshahr superintendent of police (SSP) via an email on November 23 last year.
He further said such messages did not stop and he had received another message on January 22 from a mobile phone facebook account “Gandi Sarkar” where he was threatened that if Sonu, rape accused was not released, his family will be murdered and even I would be murdered in Australia.
He further said the same day he also registered a complaint with the cyber crime branch of Australia police which appointed V Eough at the Springvale police station to investigate the matter.
Following the complaint, the Nawanshahr police have started investigations into the case. A police is learnt to have visited the victim’s house to record the family’s statement in connection with alleged threats.
Banga deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sarbjeet Singh Bahia said all accused in this case have been arrested and he had information about the e-mail sent by the victim’s brother. He further asked to contact the NRI police station for information on investigation in the case.
NRI police station SHO Sehbaz Singh said, “We have contacted the (victim’s) family and assured proper help to them. The Australia police have also started investigations in the case.”
On November 18, the victim’s father had complained that when his daughter was coming out of her college, Sonu, a resident of their village, took her to an abandoned place at Morawali village and raped her.
The girl was taken to the Mukandpur government hospital where doctors referred her to the Nawanshahr civil hospital.
Sonu was arrested on November 20. He fled from lock-up at the Banga city police station on November 21 following which the then senior superintendent of police Sanmeet Kaur had suspended station house officer Raj Kapoor, assistant sub-inspector Braham Lal, head constable Narinder Pal, constables Yuvkaran and Charandeep for negligence. Later, the accused was arrested on November 23.
“My daughter had decided to appear in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam before the (rape) incident but everything changed. They (accused party) are criminals and we were facing immense pressure for taking back the complaint,” the victim’s father (55) told HT.