The Australia-based father of Mehram Sandhu, whose decomposed body was found in Sector 69 on November 7, alleged on Monday that he had been named for the murder of his son simply to mislead the police. “I want the killers to be arrested as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Talking to Newsline over the phone from Sydney, Varinderpal Singh said, “I’ve offered my full co-operation to the Mohali police ever since my son was kidnapped. There is not an iota of evidence against me or my relatives. His mother said that I threatened to take the child away that very day when, in fact, I had simply asked her to end the ongoing (financial) dispute between the two families.”
Police sources confirmed that they were in touch with Varinderpal and that he was co-operating in the investigation.
Varinderpal has separated from his wife Harinder Kaur who stays with her parents in Phase 9 in Mohali. Mehram stayed with the family. The complaint against Varinderpal, his father Nirmal Singh, sister Parminder Kaur and her husband Prabhjit Singh was lodged by Harinder Kaur’s father Balwinder Singh after Mehram went missing on October 28 from a nearby park. After his body was found, the charge of murder was added.
Said Varinderpal, “Harinder’s family, instead of directly accusing us, could have simply told the police that they suspected us so that the police could at least work on other theories and save the child. But they directly accused me and my relatives and, meanwhile, my son got murdered. We’ve been spending sleepless nights ever since but I’m confident that the police will solve the case very soon.”
Varinderpal said that his wife’s family warned him that the media were on their side. “I’m surprised at the way the media wrote against us without ever listening to us. We belong to a family in which no member has ever had to go to a police station or a court. I drive a truck here in Sydney and take extreme care never to run over even an animal. I cannot imagine why on earth somebody would accuse me of killing my own child,” he added.
Said one of his Mohali-based relatives, “We’re not being harassed by the police, but our reputation has been tarnished. We want that the police should zero in on the culprits as soon as possible so that everything becomes crystal clear.”