‘Sexual abuse’: Punjab police SIT to call Sardar for questioning

  • HT Correspondent, Ludhiana/Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 23:07 IST
Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh (HT Photo)

In a tight spot after a British woman filed a complaint of sexual exploitation against him, Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh denied on Wednesday that he was engaged to her. However, Sardar did not deny knowing the woman, who was said to be his long-time girlfriend.

Meanwhile, the police in Ludhiana formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the complaint. The team consists of additional deputy Commissioner of police (ADCP), city -4, Satbir Singh Atwal, assistant commissioner of police ( ACP), Gill, Gurpreet Kaur Purewal, and the Koom Kalan station house officer (SHO), sub-inspector Surjit Singh Nagra. Atwal said the police would verify the facts and also ask Sardar Singh to join the investigation.

Meanwhile, Sardar , who is also a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Haryana, said that he was busy in the ongoing hockey league and had not seen the copy of the complaint made by the woman. “I will first see what report the police have written. Only then will I get back to reply all your questions... I was not engaged (to the complainant),” a visibly disturbed Sardar told the media on Wednesday as he came out of the Chandigarh airport where he arrived for a match of a hockey league.

“I have just come from a game last night. I am concentrating on the next game,” Sardar said, as he pulled himself away from the media questioning.

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Sardar’s father Gurnam Singh told reporters in Haryana’s Sirsa district that his son knew the woman but denied both were engaged.

The Punjab police are investigating a complaint from the British national, a Sikh player who was once in the Britain under-19 women’s hockey team.

Investigations in the case have been marked to the Koom Kalan police station in Ludhiana district. Police station in-charge SS Nagra confirmed the matter was under probe following the complaint. The woman had complained to Ludhiana police commissioner PS Umranangal who marked an inquiry into it.

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The woman alleged that Sardar Singh got engaged to her in 2014 and she became pregnant last year as a result of their physical relations. She said the hockey skipper forced her to go for an abortion and began avoiding her thereafter.

The complainant said she met Sardar in 2012 after becoming friends through Facebook. She claimed they began living together after their engagement.

In the past, Sardar Singh had posted tweets and his photographs with the British woman.

(inputs from IANS)

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