Girl found dead in canal, family alleges murder

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27

A 19-year-old girl, who had gone missing on June 23, was found dead in a canal at Issewal Bridge yesterday. The members of her family today staged a protest accusing the Division 5 police of tardy action in the case.

Sourabh, brother of deceased Palak, alleged that his sister worked at a beauty salon. On June 23, while she was returning home, a boy, who was her schoolmate, kidnapped her from outside the salon.

“On the same night, the boy called us and told that Palak would not return home now. For two days, we had been trying to convince the boy to release the girl, but in vain. About two days ago, we came across the boy at Samrala Chowk. We took him to the police station and lodged a complaint against him. But the police didn’t care about tracing the girl.

“Last morning, we got a call from the Civil Hospital, Sudhar, that the body of Palak was recovered from the canal,” said the deceased’s brother.

The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the boy. The family alleged the boy killed the girl and then threw the body into the canal.

Division 5 SHO Richa Rani said let the family give a statement and the police would proceed accordingly. Asked if the boy had been arrested, she said he would be arrested after registration of a case.

Meanwhile, the police registered a case against Rohit of Tibba Road on the charge of abetment to suicide.