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Karate player Kuldeep Kaur suicide case: SIT in-charge changed

Family demand met: DSP Amandeep Kaur, leading the SIT, was accused of being a loyalist of cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa.

punjab Updated: Feb 06, 2018 12:46 IST
Vishal Sally
Vishal Sally
Hindustan Times, Batala
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Kuldeep Kaur

A month after the suicide by international player Kuldeep Kaur on January 3, the head of the special investigation team (SIT), which was probing the incident, has been changed after the intervention of inspector general of police (IG), border range, Surinder Pal Singh Parmar.

Family members of Kuldeep Kaur were repeatedly demanding the change of SIT members, who were allegedly working under political pressure. The IG has appointed an IPS officer and SP(headquarter), Pathankot, Bhagirath Singh Meena, as the SIT chairperson.

Talking to HT, brother of the deceased, Satwant Singh once again demanded strict action against DSP Rajinder Singh Bajwa and former SHO of Ghiana-Ke-Banger police station, Paramjit Singh, who allegedly supported the accused, following which Kuldeep Kaur committed suicide.

IG Surinder Pal Singh Parmar has appointed IPS officer and SP(hqs), BS Meena, as new SIT chairperson. Family had been repeatedly demanding change.

He also urged home minister Rajnath Singh to take action against cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, who refused to support his sister and told her that he was not in a position to help her family because they ‘owed loyalty to Ravi Karan Kahlon, son of former speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon’. “These people are openly supporting the accused and should be booked for abetment to suicide as they are responsible for my sister’s death,” said Satwant Singh, who is deputed havildar with Assam Rifles.

Former chairman of the tubewell corporation and Akali leader Ravi Karan Kahlon claimed that DSP Amandeep Kaur, who was earlier leading the SIT was a loyalist of Tript Rajinder Bajwa.

“She is a daughter-in-law of Batala block Congress president Balwinder Singh Bhullar. Moreover, her brother, Sarbarinder Pal Singh, is a former Congress sarpanch,” claimed Ravi Karan Kahlon.

“In the past 30 days, the SIT has done nothing in spite of building pressure on the deceased family members to make a compromise with the accused. It is surprising that even after the orders of IG, all seven accused, who belong to a single family are roaming free in the village. Also, the police was resisting to arrest them even after more than one month,” he said.

It is to be noted that Kuldeep Kaur committed suicide in protest against the ‘police inaction’ against the accused in a land case that her family had filed. After her death, the police had registered a case against 14 persons under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The trio was arrested the same day while others are on the run.

Seeing the resentment of the people, IG (Border) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar on January 5 had formed a SIT and ordered to submit its report within 15 days but almost after a month, the in-charge of SIT was changed, which raised questions on the working of police.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 12:45 IST