A 27-year-old woman constable was found hanging in the women barracks of a police station in Ludhiana on late Friday evening after alleged harassment by her senior.
The victim, Amanpreet Kaur of Khadoor village in Punjab, was looking after the crime and criminal tracking networking service at Jodha police station, on the outskirts of Punjab’s industrial hub. Police have booked the alleged accused for abetment to suicide.
Members of her family along with other villagers laid siege to Jodhan police station, alleging that she may have been murdered or harassed. They also blocked the Ludhiana-Raikot road for many hours and demanded the arrest of the accused.
The vicim’s brother, Gurinder Singh, a private driver with the Indian Air Force, said he got a call from Jodhan station house officer (SHO) at around 8.15 pm informing him that Amanpreet had committed suicide at the police station. The brother said that prior to this, she had not answered any of his calls.
“When we reached the police station, we found the body of my sister hanging from the ceiling fan hook and some clothes and a turban lying there. I believe she was murdered before being hanged. Around four days back, she had told me that she was being harassed by ‘head munshi’ Nirbhay Singh. She had even lodged a complaint with the Dakha deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and was moved to his office,” Gurinder alleged. He said his couldn’t have committed suicide.
Amanpreet’s grandfather Nachattar Singh said Jodhan police officials had called her again on Friday as another woman constable had taken leave for her mother’s surgery.
The villagers said the victim joined the force four years ago in place of her mother Paramjeet Kaur, who died in 2004.
The villagers also sought a government job for the victim’s brother.
Ludhiana (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surjeet Singh said a woman cop, Harvinder Kaur, told them that Amanpreet didn’t appear to be tense before the incident. He ruled out the victim being murdered or harassed.
The SSP said Amanpreet’s complaint pertained to about excess work pressure. The SSP said Jodhan SHO Mohan Dass had been asked to report at the police lines for mishandling of the case and dereliction of duty.