IG record statements of journalists
Before concluding her inquiry into the circumstances prompting Shivali to take the extreme step by jumping before a train on Thursday, inspector general of police (Jalandhar Zone) Gurpreet Deo on Monday recorded statements of five journalists, including four photographers.punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2012 00:01 IST
Before concluding her inquiry into the circumstances prompting Shivali to take the extreme step by jumping before a train on Thursday, inspector general of police (Jalandhar Zone) Gurpreet Deo on Monday recorded statements of five journalists, including four photographers.
Journalists, working with different media organizations, got a call from the IGP's office early morning, urging them to make themselves available to record their statements in connection with the episode. College student Shivali had to face humiliation at the hands of a woman inspector, Balwinder Kaur, after being spotted in car with a boy on Thursday and she committed suicide by jumping in front of a train within half-an-hour of the incident.
Although Deo was tight-lipped on the proceedings of the inquiry, but sources said that all the five journalists were told to narrate the sequence of events and were asked whether Shivali actually threatened to commit suicide if they clicked her photographs.
The journalists who recorded their statements submitted before the IG that they didn't hear any such plea from Shivali. Sources said that several journalists also got a call from the IG's office to know about any code of ethics set for working journalists by the Press Council of India (PCI).
The IG is expected to submit her report on Tuesday to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who would be in the district to attend some public functions, sources said.
Deo had already recorded statements of all concerned persons, including GRP officials, suspended inspector Balwinder Kaur, Gaurav, with whom Shivali was spotted in the car, relatives of victim and eyewitnesses of the incident.
The IG had also visited the spot where Shivali jumped before the train, to find out if it was an accident and not a suicide, as being claimed by the government railway police officials.
Shivali's brother Karan in his statement had held both police and mediapersons responsible for creating circumstances which forced his sister to commit suicide.
On Saturday, relatives and friends of Shivali took out a candlelight march, demanding justice for the victim.