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Charges false, needlessly dragged into the case, says father of Mehram’s uncle

Prabhjit is being questioned by the police because Mehram’s maternal grandfather named him in the FIR.

Written by Gagandeep Singh Dhillon | Mohali |
November 10, 2014 2:50:35 pm
Grieving kin of Mehram Sandhu (inset) (Express photo) Grieving kin of Mehram Sandhu (inset) (Express photo)

The family of Prabhjit Singh, who is one of the accused in the six-year-old Mehram’s murder case, has said that the allegations against them are false and they are being needlessly dragged into the case just because they tried to mediate in the dispute between the families of Mehram’s parents.

Prabhjit is husband of Mehram’s paternal aunt Parminder Kaur. He is being questioned by the police because Mehram’s maternal grandfather Balwinder Singh named him in the FIR, along with other relatives.

“Like everyone else, we have been moved by the tragedy but are also shocked by the allegations against us. I have known Balwinder Singh for many years. Two days before the kidnapping, I had arranged a meeting of people from both sides to try for an amicable settlement, but it did not bear fruit,” said Gurmukh Singh, Prabhjit’s father.

After Mehram’s abduction, his Sydney-based father Varinderpal Singh, paternal grandfather Nirmal Singh, aunt Parminder Kaur and her husband Prabhjit were booked on Balwinder’s complaint, but the police, after repeatedly questioning them, found nothing incriminating. After Mehram’s body was found, the charge of murder was added in the FIR. Besides Prabhjit, Nirmal is also being questioned by the police.

“On October 26, I had set up a meeting between the two sides regarding a financial settlement as Balwinder’s family had invested a lot of money in sending Varinderpal abroad. It did not work out. Two days later, I got to know that my son and daughter-in-law were accused of kidnapping the boy. I do not believe that Nirmal had anything to do with it because the two sides did not have any dispute regarding the child’s custody,” said Gurmukh, who owns a grocery store in Mohali.

He added that his family had maintained a “clean record since generations” and did not understand why they were being targeted.

Gurmukh said they were not being harassed by the police, but only being questioned. “The police are doing their duty and we’re co-operating. They have been questioning my son ever since Mehram was abducted. We, too, want that the killers should be brought to book as soon as possible,’’ he added.

Mehram’s mother and maternal grandparents have alleged that Varinderpal called them from Sydney on the day of kidnapping and threatened to take away the child. That is why they named the relatives in the FIR.

On Friday, IG Paramjit Gill had told the media that initially they probed Varinderpal, but did not make any headway, following which they started suspecting that there would be a ransom call. However, there was no ransom call either.

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