August 18, 2016 3:55:11 am
TWO CHANDIGARH police officers were suspended while another was transferred to police lines after a departmental enquiry indicted them for “negligence” in registering a FIR in case of a minor girl who was rescued from a Chandigarh house, where she was allegedly employed as a domestic help, in July.
Those suspended are inspector Chiranji Lal, station house officer, station house officer, police station, Sector 26 and sub-inspector Sarbjit Kaur posted at anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU), while SI Malkit Singh also from AHTU whose role was also found questionable in the case was transferred to police lines. The orders were issued on Wednesday.
The officers were found guilty of not registering the FIR despite repeated complaints lodged with them.
UT senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “A 12-year-old girl was rescued by the Child Welfare Officer on July 26. The CWO reported the case to Sector 26 police station. A DDR was lodged in police station’s records. Soon the child was sent to Snehalaya. However, the FIR was not lodged, which should have been done at
that stage itself. The Snehalaya then informed about the case to AHTU who also failed to get the FIR registered and
did not take the necessary action.”
“After the case was brought to our notice, a probe was ordered and the officers were found negligent in performing their official duty, thus action was taken against them. Now, the FIR in the case of rescued girl has been registered at police station-26 under Sections 367, 370, 372, 373 of IPC”, SSP Gill added.
Inspector Maninder Singh, station house officer, Police Station19 , has been given additional charge of SHO, PS-26.
Meanwhile, the police on Thursday arrested two people in the case. The police identified the suspects as Bhola and Poonam, who hail from Ludhiana. “The two had sent the girl to the Chandigarh family,” said Gill.
In the complaint given by the Women Child Helpline in Sector 19 to the sector 26 police station, they had said that they received a phone call complaining of child labor in a house.
“A team was moved on the spot and a 12-year-old girl was rescued. She narrated her ordeal,” the complaint said. “We request you to file an FIR under J.J Act so that the culprit can be caught.”
According to the police officials, the Chandigarh family has also been challaned in the case.
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