A DAY after Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 26 police station was placed under suspension along with another police officer from Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) after an internal departmental inquiry indicted them for “negligence” in registering an FIR in case of a minor girl who was rescued in July, the police on Friday said that there were allegations of “corruption” against the SHO.
The police have already arrested three people in the case, including one more arrest made on Thursday of the owner of the house where the victim was employed as the domestic help.
“There were allegations of corruption against the officer (SHO-26) in this case. That is why he was placed under suspension,” UT IGP Tejinder Singh Luthra told Chandigarh Newsline, adding that further investigation was on in the case.
Police officials said on Thursday businessman Tarunjeet Singh, who runs a unit which manufactures tractor parts in Mohali, was arrested by the police in the case. He had employed the victim at his house in Sector 27, Chandigarh.
“We have arrested the businessman today. We are investigating the case further,” said UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill. The accused was sent to judicial custody.
Police sources said that during questioning, accused Tarunjeet told the police that he was not aware of the “history” of the girl, nor did he know from where she was brought.
According to the police, the Sector 27 family used the girl as a labourer which was against the laws. “She was a minor and she couldn’t be used as a labourer. The family had brought her as a helper from the Ludhiana family,” said the police official, adding that the girl was deprived of education.
On Wednesday, the police had arrested a Ludhiana-based couple in the case. The police officials said that the couple had sent the girl to the Chandigarh family. The police had also recovered four children from the couple as well.
On Thursday, police sources said that they were now conducting DNA tests of the children to verify if the couple were their real parents. “The couple had claimed that they are their own wards. We are verifying their claims,” said a senior police officer, adding that a police team would now visit the place from where the girl was originally brought by the Ludhiana family five years ago.
The police had suspended two police officers — Inspector Chiranji Lal, Station House Officer, Police Station, Sector 26; and Sub-Inspector Sarbjit Kaur posted at Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) — and transferred S-I Malkit Singh, also from AHTU whose role was found questionable in the case, to the police lines on Wednesday.