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Dec 07, 2012 at 09:48am IST

Amritsar molestation: Victim says her father would have been alive if the police acted on time

Chandigarh: The victim of the Amritsar sexual harassment horror said that the police did not act on her complaint and added that the police fled as assailants shot her father Ravinder Singh, who was a cop himself. "My father tried to talk to the molesters and asked them what their problem was. They did not listen to him and instead pulled out a revolver and started shooting at him. They shot him several times and ran away. No one came to help us, no ambulance came nor did the police. I held my father in my lap and kept calling for help," said the girl.

The victim believes her father would be alive if the police had acted on time. The Punjab Police official was shot dead for protecting his daughter from molesters on Thursday. The four accused, including an expelled SAD leader have been arrested.

The man who allegedly shot him, Akali Dal leader Ranjit Rana, was arrested later in the day with his accomplice while the police department also acted against the SHO of the area for dereliction of duty. The Punjab police chief found it hard to explain how one of his own men was shot dead by molesters in the middle of the city of Amritsar, and yet the culprits initially escaped and police assistance for Ravinder and his injured daughter took a long time to come.

The girl who was being harassed by this youth activist had complained to the police earlier as well, but no action was taken. Following this, she told her father about the molesters. Now, the grieving family is demanding justice. Wife of the victim said, "My daughter and husband were coming back, I don't know what exactly happened. But I demand justice for what happened."

Meanwhile, the Opposition was quick to politicise the death. Opposition leader Khaira said, "The Congress has been saying for a long time that law and order has collapsed in Punjab. Sukhbir Badal should resign immediately." Three of the accused are now in custody, but three more continue to remain at large. It is now a big challenge for the state government to regain its lost image.

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