The alleged stabbing of a teenage girl and her maternal uncle at a market in Bhargo Camp on Wednesday night could have been averted had the Jalandhar police acted well in time,when the family of the deceased girl had filed a complain against the accused on March 9.
The girl died on the spot,while her uncle,Pawan,succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
The family alleged that the accused,Billa (27),used to tease the girl and put pressure on her to marry him. The girls family members had earlier filed a complaint with the police against him,but the police reportedly instead of taking action against him,pressurised the family to reach a compromise with Billa.
The police have arrested accused Billa under murder charges.
The girl had gone to the market with her uncle at 10 pm on Wednesday.
Billa reportedly came to the market and began to tease the girl. When her uncle objected,Billa allegedly stabbed him in his stomach. Neha tried to escape,but Billa chased her and reportedly stabbed her in her back.
The victims were taken to the civil hospital,where the girl was declared brought dead,while her uncle was referred to PIMS,where he succumbed to his injuries.
The girls brother,Bablu,told the police that his family used to live in a rented room in Billas house. When we found out Billas intentions,we shifted to another rented room in New Surajganj area. But there was no relief,as Billa continued to harass my sister. He had even threatened to kill her if we did not agree to his wishes to marry her. One day,he even dared to come to our house when we were away,and tried to molest my sister. He even snatched Rs 1,000 and a memory card of the mobile phone from her, Bablu said,adding that the matter was reported to the police,but they were told to reach a compromise with Billa.
If police had taken action against Billa at the right time,then today our daughter would have been alive, said the inconsolable mother,Rani.
The minor worked at a potato cold store,along with her mother,to support her family. Her father works as a rickshaw puller,while her two brothers work as labourers in a factory.
ACP West R P S Sandhu said that the accused had admitted to the murder charges filed against him. The police is also investigating the previous complaint filed against Billa.