The parents of a girl who committed suicide last month in the hostel of a private college here have charged an Akali leader with putting pressure on the police to shield the suspect.
On the evening of November 27, Jaishree of second-year commerce programme at SSD Girls' College was found dead in her hostel room. On December 6, the police registered a case against her former boyfriend. Jaishree's father, Anil Garg, has said that the police were slow in proceeding against the suspect because he had the backing of a powerful ruling-party leader from Maur constituency.
The parents have approached inspector general of police Nirmal Singh Dhillon for justice. "My daughter, Jaishree, and the suspect, Sameer Gupta, studied together at Patiala, and the families had agreed for their marriage. They broke up over some issue but Sameer and her friends continued to harass and stalk Jaishree," said Garg. "It forced her to end her life."
"On November 27, Sameer rang me up to say Jaishree was going to commit suicide. Before I could react, Jaishree had hanged herself," said Garg. "The surveillance camera at the front gate of the college caught Sameer and his four friends standing there at that moment. The police adopted a lingering approach in registering the case."
When Jaishree's family insisted on Sameer's arrest, the police told it they were under pressure and any hunt for the suspect would only be for the sake of formality, the girl's father has stated. "A leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) from Maur shields Sameer, who is yet to be arrested," he added.