Did not get death threat complaint: Hoshiarpur SSP
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The Haryana police said that they have transferred the complaint about the death threats being received by Buti Ram, father of the deceased girl, to Hoshiarpur police which however denied having received any such case. Buti Ram, a tailor, who lives in Hoshiarpur, had complained to Panchkula police, last week, that some people came to his house and gave him death threats asking not to pursue the case.
Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP), Panchkula, Virendar Singh, said the complaint by the father of the deceased girl was transferred to the office of Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Hoshiarpur on the same day it was received.
However, Hoshiarpur SSP, Sukchain Singh Gill, today said that he has not received any such complaint. "No such case has been referred to us," he said. Police have only registered a murder case at sector-5 police station attributing it to "...having been caused by unidentified persons". Police officials said that they have not identified the MLA in the case.
Even as police officials say that they have established Ram Kumar Chaudhary's links in the case by tracing out the call details of his number to sector 21 where the girl was found murdered, activists and legal experts said that police has "gone slow on the case" urging that police should have registered a case of threat being received by the father of the deceased girl.
Advocate Jayender Chandel, who had filed the PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High court seeking speedy investigation in the case, said that case 'reflects on the poor functioning of police'. "Police should have registered a case under section 506 Indian penal code (IPC) on the complaint about the threat to the father of deceased girl. The section 506 of IPC provides for the two years imprisonment in case of criminal intimidation and seven years imprisonment for threat related of death or destruction of property".
Citizen's activists and co-ordinator of Yuvsatta, an NGO working on youth development, Pramod Sharma, said that the "...police officials who have been found to be involved in the dereliction of duty should be fined". He also said that cases like the Jyoti-murder case should be completed in a 'time-limit'.
Another activist, Hemant Goswami, said that the way the police is working on investigation of different cases only "...shows that police force has not been de-colonised as of now."