A Day after a resident of Barwala committed suicide alleging police inaction in a case of alleged harassment of his 20-year-old daughter, the police on Tuesday arrested a resident of the village, for abetment of suicide.
The incident took place on Monday evening, when Purshottam Rana, a resident of Barwala was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room.
On his suicide note, Rana had blamed Paras, a resident of the same village, his parents, Sukhdev and Shashi Bala, sister Tanya, uncle Brij Mohan and five others along with “corrupt” police officials for compelling him to take the extreme step.
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Paras and his family were booked under Section 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison), 420 (cheating), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC on the complaint of Rana’s
daughter. She had alleged that Paras’s sister Tanya had taken her to their house where she was given some intoxicant and forcibly married to Paras.
Rana was demanding that the police arrest Paras and his family. A complaint was also submitted in the CM window. Rana’s family alleged that despite of Paras and his family being booked, the police were not arresting them as the accused became frequent visitors to the police station.
The case was registered at Mahila Police Station.
However, the police investigations revealed that the couple had secretly married in a temple in Solan on December 23 last year, and also sought protection from the court. After their marriage, both of them returned to their parents’ house, in order to convince them for marriage.
But, the girl’s father was opposed to the marriage since they were from Rajput community and the boy was from Bania community.
According to Paras, Rana had allegedly pressurised her to submit a police complaint against him. However, following the suicide, the police have stepped up the investigation.
DCP Anil Dhawan also visited the spot and CIA staff but did not comment of the issue. It was panic at Barwala as the tempers went high over the suicide and heavy police had to be deployed to control the agitated people after the death of Rana. The family did not allow the police to enter the house.
“We have arrested one of the accused for abetment of suicide. His name was also in the suicide note. All allegations made by the girl’s family are being investigated including the video,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Anil Dhawan.
Chandi MAndir SHO transferred after uproar
Following the case, the Panchkula Police transferred the Station House Officer (SHO) of Chandi mandir police station, Inspector Baljit Singh.
“We have transferred the SHO,” confirmed DCP Anil Dhawan, who also visited Barwala, where the villagers had protested on the day
of the incident.