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SSP's office gheraoed

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2012 22:15 IST
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Communist Party of India (M) and the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) along with residents of Paniyali Kalan village gheraoed the office of SSP Dhanpreet Kaur to protest against the alleged police 'inaction'in the Harwinder Singh murder case.

Even after a month-and-a-half of the incident, the police have failed to make any headway into the murder of the 20-year-old.

The protest was called off after the SSP accepted the protesters' demand for formation of a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate into the incident.

However, when media questioned the SSP, it was found that the officer she had in mind for investigation had been already heading the SIT for the past 45 days.

State Committee member of CPI(M) Maha Singh Rodi said, "We met the SSP Dhanpreet Kaur and demanded that a new SIT be constituted to handle this case. The current SIT Satpal Singh Bhangu was spearheading the investigation along with DSP Balachaur Lakhvir Singh and SHO Kathgarh Gurinder Pal Singh. However, they were not serious about the case."

He said that if no progress was made in the case by December 21, they would intensify their agitation.

Another leader Balwinder Singh Jadla alleged that the police had not made any arrested due to political pressure.

He said that on December 2, Balachaur DSP Lakhvir Singh had assured them that the accused would be arrested within a week.

SHO Kathgarh police station, Gurinder Pal Singh, said: "We are investigating the murder case on priority, but no arrests have been made."

Before surrounding the SSP office, a protest march was also organised in which people including family members of deceased, raised slogans against the police.

A case was registered under sections 302 (murder) and other sections of IPC against unknown persons at Kathgarh police station when the dead body of Harwinder Singh found in the canal on November 12. Harwinder had been missing since November 6, when he went to his part-time job at Tonsa village. His family had also lodged a police complaint at Kathgarh police station on November 8.