Shruti Sachdeva, who was kidnapped and rescued from Goa a month later, developed fever on Sunday and was sent to Faridkot for treatment by the city police to avoid legal complications.
Shruti, 15, was allegedly kidnapped on September 24 by Nishan Singh and his accomplices. After being found in Goa, along with Nishan, on October 21, she was till Sunday lodged in Nari Niketan here on the order of the court.
The police, however, did not inform the media about sending Shruti to Faridkot. Several attempts were made to contact commissioner of Police Gaurav Yada, but he remained unavailable.
Earlier in the day he had been quite vocal about the case, but by evening literally avoided the media. It was only additional deputy commissioner of police Navjot Mahal, who responded to repeated calls and confirmed that Shruti had been sent to Faridkot for medical examination for fever and "not for any other purpose".
In Goa, the Punjab Police had allegedly tried to persuade Shruti to undergo medical examination to confirm sexual abuse, so that a case of rape could be filed against Nishan Singh, to whom she openly claimed to have married.
Shruti, however, reportedly declined undergoing the test as she claimed she was already married to Nishan, with whom she went on her own to Goa.
Passing the buck to the Faridkot police, their city counterparts preferred not to entertain the media query on the issue and established contact three hours after Shruti's medical examination. "Yes, Shruti was sent for medical examination to Faridkot as per the court order and she will be brought back to Jalandhar by late night," said Mahal.
Meanwhile, director general of police Sumedh Saini said he was unaware of the city police's attitude. "What can I say about Jalandhar Police," he asked. "Why they are not responding to the media? They should have done so to avoid confusion."