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Probe in Shivali's suicide continues, 20 persons examined

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2012 00:13 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar

Inquiry led by the inspector general of police (IGP), Jalandhar zone, Gurpreet Deo, into the suicide case of Shivali continued on Tuesday even after the stipulated period of three days given by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on September 1.

With the statement of another eyewitness, the total number of persons who have been examined by the IGP reached 20. The inquiry will be concluded in another couple of days, sources in the IGP office told Hindustan Times.

Earlier, police inspector Balwinder Kaur, four members of her police team and six journalists were examined by her.

Meanwhile, the statement of a driver of the train, Ram Lal, who disclosed that Shivali had, in fact, jumped before the train raised question mark on the investigation of the Government Railway Police (GRP), which had termed it as an accident on the basis of the statement by the eyewitness, Ram Tirath.

Sources in the IGP office revealed that Lal in his statement, recorded on Monday, said the girl had jumped before the train and she was in a standing posture when the train reached near the point where she was standing.

Lal revealed that a few persons were standing on the either side of the track, but when the train reached near them, the girl suddenly jumped before it.

The GRP, in the case registered under section 174 of CrPC, had recorded statement of Tirath who had said that Shivali's one foot got entangled in the track and she tripped onto it.

Conspicuously, Tirath has gone missing after giving his statement to the GRP official. Even the IGP had failed to trace him, as his family members disclosed that he had not returned since Thursday.

On September 1, Shivali was humiliated by the city cops and accompanying photo journalists, following which she committed suicide within half-an-hour of the incident.