The family of a rape victim has accused police of favoring accused Punjabi singer Nachhatar Gill and not making any arrest even after six months of lodging the first-information report (FIR).
He said the accused were threatening the family to force it to withdraw the case. Gill also appeared before police on Monday. At the office of the police commissioner, the aggrieved family waited outside for more than two hours. "We were called to the crime investigation agency (CIA) office at 3pm. After repeated requests, police let us in around 5pm and then told us to be back on Tuesday," said the victim's father.
He alleged that the harassment had not happened for the first time. "The accused came, and move in straightaway, and walked out laughing at us," he said. Asked to react, police commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon said he was in a meeting with the chief minister in Chandigarh and unaware of the incident. He agreed to look into the matter.
On June 12, a case was registered against singer Gill of Phagwara, builder Charandeep Singh Channi of Hambran road, and his alleged accomplices Raja and Jagdeep Sohi. The charges related to rape, fraud, threatening, criminal conspiracy, and violation of the Information Technology (IT) Act. Police are yet to make any arrest, even as a special investigation team is working on the case.