Criticising the police department and district administration for “inaction”, parents of the two sisters, who were crushed to death by a private bus belonging to Jujhar transport on June 13, blocked the traffic at Ayali Chowk on Ferozepur road on Friday.
The Ludhiana unit of the Mahila Congress also joined the protest. The protesters led by Mahila Congress president Leena Taparia marched from Ferozepur Road to Baddowal and raised slogans against the owners of Jujhar transport and ruling government.
The girl’s mother, Paramjeet Kaur, said, “Even when a dog dies, people living nearby areas are moved. But the government representatives have not visited us till now. Where is Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who advocated the cause of the girl child in state?”
“The owners of Jujhar bus are close to the Badals and they can manipulate this case at anytime,” she said.
Mahila Congress president Taparia said, “We have come to block the road for buses belonging to Jujhar transport.
But somebody informed them about the plan and they re-directed their route from Ferozepur Road. But we will continue our fight against the owners of Jujhar transport until, the family of deceased get justice,” “We demand that these buses are taken off the road immediately,” she said.
Meanwhile, commuters were hassled as the protesters blocked the national highway at Baddowal for about 15 minutes.
Karan (22) brother of the girls, said, “Bowing down to the pressure at the heat of the moment, cops booked the driver under section 302 (death sentence or life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) but as things subsided owing to inaction on administration’s part. It has been more than a week since, we submitted a memorandum to the Ludhiana deputy commissioner but no action has been taken so far. Even rumors of government job to me and Rs 30 lakh compensation were circulated.”
Later, sub-divisional magistrate Richa and additional deputy commissioner of police Joginder Singh met the girl’s parents at Circuit House and assured speedy justice.
“An FIR has already been registered in the case, now law would take its course. We will take up the issue of compensation as well,” added Richa.