Cops advised me to say she ended life: Monika’s brother

Denying the accusations,Inspector Harjit Kaur of Sector 19 police station said “no police officer advised anything to Amit”

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: October 17, 2012 2:18 am

Denying the accusations,Inspector Harjit Kaur of Sector 19 police station said “no police officer advised anything to Amit”

Alleging it to be a case of murder,Amit Jindal,brother of the late Monika Goyal,on Tuesday alleged that the Chandigarh Police “advised” him to make a statement that his sister had committed suicide. Monika’s body was found hanging at her Sector 21 residence on Monday.

Amit questioned the contents of the FIR. “While I had only submitted that Monika’s in-laws used to harass her,the police officers told me to make a statement that Monika committed suicide under emotional stress,” he told Chandigarh Newsline. “How can I say that my sister has committed suicide? This statement has been deliberately added by the police in the FIR to make it appear to be a case of suicide.”

When he confronted the police officers,they said “there is no evidence to prove that Monika has been murdered”.

Denying the accusations,Inspector Harjit Kaur of Sector 19 police station said “no police officer advised anything to Amit”. Ruling out foul play,she added that no external injury marks were found on the body.

UT Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh said “if a complainant apprehends that his statement has been wrongly recorded,he can re-record his statement following which an investigation will be done”.

However,Amit accused the Chandigarh Police of “covering up” the case. Ruling out a suicide,he said Monika was not a weak person who would have committed suicide. He added that an application would be filed seeking transfer of the investigation to the Crime Branch.

Monika’s in-laws had been asking her to get dowry,alleged Amit. She was made to live in a servant’s quarter at the Sector 21 residence. Also,they had been compelling her to either comply with their demands or divorce her husband.

Significantly,no suicide note has been recovered from the house.

Monika’s seven-year-old son said,“My mother was sitting in a chair fighting with my father. She had met with an accident while going to her school. My father closed the door,got me ready for school and my grandfather dropped me to school.”

The post-mortem report reads that Monika died due to asphyxia,and there were two injuries on her head.

A case has been registered against Monika’s husband Vikas Goyal,and her in-laws,Prem Lata and G P Goyal,under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The three were remanded in one-day police custody by a local court.

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