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Malerkotla case: Police clueless; no arrest made in 12-years-old murder

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Sangrur, October 01, 2013
First Published: 21:45 IST(1/10/2013) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(2/10/2013)

A day after 12-year-old boy Vidhu Jain was burnt alive by unidentified persons in Malerkotla, the local police failed to have any breakthrough in the case on Tuesday.
The police is totally clueless about the persons involved in such brutal crime as no arrest has been made so far in the case.
Indeed, station house masters of two police stations have been transferred to police lines with immediate for dereliction of duty.
Acting swiftly on the complaints of local residents, Senior Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu immediately relieved SHO of city I police station Parminder Singh and city II SHO Davinder Singh from the duty.
Meanwhile, demanding instant arrest of accused, the local residents comprised of several organisations of different communities, collectively staged protest throughout the day.
On Tuesday morning, agitators marched towards local hospital mortuary, where Vidhu's body had been kept for postmortem, before blocking Ludhiana-Malerkotla and Patiala-Malerkotla road for the whole day.
Sensing failure of the police in locating the accused, the protestors raised slogans against police and district administration officials.
Earlier, the family members of deceased Vidhu failed to possess his dead body till any arrest in the case.
Later in the evening, senior officials of police and district administration held meeting with family members persuaded them to carry out cremation ritual by assuring them of arrest of accused at the earliest. Hundreds of people were present at Vidhu's cremation, which was held at local cremation ground.
SSP Sidhu said they were working on different theories and were hopeful to nab persons behind the brutal incident.
"The police teams have been directed to accelerate hunt for the accused", he said.
"The foremost purpose was to ensure law and order situation in the areas as some anti state elements, who were trying to colour it as communal attack and motivating to disturb law and order condition", he said.
 About transfer of SHOs, Sidhu said the locals complained that both the police officers had failed to pay heed to their repeated complaints even about little skirmishes and issues.
"Apart from it, both the police officers resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse protestors on Monday evening, here, without getting any orders from senior officers",  Sidhu said.
Former Director General of Police and chairman of Punjab Wakf Board Mohammad Izhar Alama also demanded disciplinary action against police officers.
Heavy security arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident.
All the entry points to Malerkotla city were sealed.



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