The family of 13-year-old Arshdeep Kaur who died after being pushed out of a bus here late Wednesday while resisting an alleged molestation bid has refused a postmortem and cremation. They are demanding registration of a case against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who owns Orbit Company, to which the bus belonged.
Arshdeep’s father Sukhdev Singh also demanded that the four accused arrested by the police be paraded in front of his wife, who witnessed the alleged molestation. “Police have till now not even shown them to us for identification,” Sukhdev Singh said. Arshdeep’s mother, who was also pushed out of the bus, is hospitalised.
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For more than 48 hours now, the body of Arshdeep, who studied in Class VII of a government school in Moga’s Lande Ke village, has been lying in the mortuary of Civil Hospital, Moga.
Top officials, including Moga Deputy Commissioner P S Gill, Ferozepur range DIG Amar Singh Chahal, Moga SSP J S Khaira and IG P S Umranangal, held a closed-door meeting on Friday with Arshdeep’s family members.
Sources said some members of various labour and farmers’ unions too attended the meeting. The administration has offered compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a government job to Arshdeep’s family, apart from fast-track proceedings in the case. Gill said they had pointed out to the family that all four accused (including the driver, cleaner and helper of the bus) had been arrested, and assured them that proper investigation would continue.
“The father agreed initially but later refused to allow even a postmortem,” an official present at the meeting said.
Sukdev Singh alleged that pressure was being put on him, and that he had been taken away by police in the early hours of Friday and made to sign a blank paper. “I gave my thumb impression. Police want me to enter a compromise but we want justice and the body of my daughter will not be cremated till then,” he said.
AAP leaders were among those who met Arshdeep’s family during the day. Bhagwant Mann and Dharamvir Gandhi later said, “The family is being pressured by police but we will not let them enter a compromise till Sukhbir Badal is booked. The father is being warned of dire consequences.”
The four accused, Sukhwinder Singh, Gurdip, Amar and Ranjit Singh, were presented before a local court and sent to police remand till May 4.
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