5-year-old’s death: Victim’s family alleges pressure for compromise, police deny charges

Accused, a BA part II student at SD College in Sector 32, arrested, later released on bail.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 13, 2016 3:06:10 am
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THE FAMILY of five-year-old Medhansh, who was killed after a recklessly driven motorcycle hit him in Sector 32 on Monday, has alleged that the police were exerting pressure on them to “settle the matter” by reaching a compromise with the accused.

The family members claimed that they were offered money in lieu of withdrawal of their complaint but they refused to accept it. The police arrested the accused, identified as Gagandeep Singh (20), a resident of Sector 44, on Tuesday. He was later released on bail. The accused is a BA part II student at SD College in Sector 32. The accident occurred near the college and was captured in a CCTV camera installed on the wall of the college.

Medhansh’s father Nathu Ram said they got a call from an unknown person who asked them to make a compromise with the family of the accused. Nathu Ram also alleged that they were offered compensation but he refused to accept it. “An unknown person called us and told that the family of accused is ready to give compensation which I refused bluntly and informed the police about the same. We only want the culprit to be punished. I have lost my son and now the accused should go behind bars,” said Nathu Ram.

Medhansh’s mother Nirmala demanded that the investigation officer of the case, Sub-Inspector Gurdev Singh, should be suspended as he behaved insensitively when he was informed about the accident.

Medhansh’s aunt Renu alleged that on Tuesday evening, they were called by the police to Sector 34 police station where the accused and his parents were also present. She alleged that when she along with other family members reached the police station, she was asked by a cop and an unknown person to make a compromise. They also said that the family of the accused was ready to pay compensation according to their wishes.

Renu said that they want the accused to face consequences of his action.

However, officials of the Sector 34 police station denied all the allegations and said that they had arrested the accused and produced him in a court after his medical examination.

When contacted, Sector 34 SHO Baljeet Kumar denied that any cop had approached the victim’s family for a compromise. He said Medhansh’s family members were called to the police station for identification of the accused and after the identification, they produced him in the court.

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