Tarn Taran cops fail to arrest Akali leader accused of rape

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 12:35 IST

Nearly three weeks after an 18-year-old filed a rape complaint against SAD leader and former sarpanch of Gorkha village Kulwinder Singh, police are yet to arrest the accused. Accusing police of inaction, farmers under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) have threatened to resume their agitation.

KSC activists had staged protests on May 24 and June 3, demanding action against the accused. The case was registered against the SAD leader on May 21 at Sadar police station under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Two days after the FIR was lodged, police arrested the complainant in an old murder case in which she was a co-accused, resulting in outrage.

An altercation took place between KSC activists and pro-SAD sarpanches who were came out in support of the accused, on June 3. However, the farmers lifted their dharna after police promised that the accused would be arrested by June 7.

As the accused is yet to be arrested, the farmers on Wednesday conducted a meeting at a gurdwara in Piddi village to chalk out the future course of action. They said a protest will be staged outside the SSP office on June 24 if police are not able to arrest the SAD leader.

“Police are making false promises. It’s been nearly weeks since the FIR was registered. However, the accused is roaming free. Police are under pressure from ruling politicians,” said KSC state president Satnam Singh Pannu.

Deputy superintendent of police (city) Harpal Singh said raids are being conducted to arrest the accused.

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