The Faridkot police, on Sunday, claimed to have arrested all the 17 accused wanted in the Shruti abduction case with the arrest of Navjot Kaur, mother of main accused Nishan Singh, and their family friend Dimpy Samra from Chandigarh.
"We arrested Navjot and Samra from a flat in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Sunday. They were staying there since September 29. We have also arrested Pankaj Gautam, a Moga resident in whose flat the two were staying. Gautam also facilitated their escape," said Bathinda range IGP Nirmal Singh Dhillon at a press conference in the police lines here late in the evening.
The number of arrests in the case has gone up to 18.
Speaking on the steps being taken by the police to hand over the girl to her parents, Dhillon said, "We have filed an application in the Faridokot chief judicial magistrate's court, urging it to reconsider its earlier ruling based on Shruti's October 23 statement and take an appropriate decision in this regard. The police are bound to comply with the court's decision."
Shruti has been staying in Nari Niketan, Jalandhar since October 23 when she had stated before Faridkot chief judicial magistrate Dr Rajneesh that she wanted to be sent to Nari Niketan. She had also refused to undergo a medical examination, saying she was married to Nishan.
The girl was again produced in the Faridkot court, following which she underwent a medical examination at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College in Faridkot on October 28. The test report revealed that she was four months pregnant.
"The Faridkot police added section 376 (rape) to the FIR registered against Nishan after the girl's medical examination," the IGP said.
On why the police were repeatedly seeking extension of Nishan's police remand, Dhillon said, "He is involved in some other cases. We also wanted to seek the court's approval to take his DNA samples."
Faridkot SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor was also present at the press conference.