No arrests till date
- The police registered two separate cases on July 10, 2016, and November 11, 2016. However, no arrest has been made so far despite the bail applications of the suspects booked in the two cases were rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- A few days ago, the victims held a meeting outside the office of an accused private finance firm – RK Investment – in Chheharta area and condemned the attitude of the police.
- They alleged that the police are shielding the accused who duped hundreds of innocent people.
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 19
It has been almost a year since hundreds of residents of Chheharta area were duped by several illegal finance firms. Since then, investigating teams have failed make any breakthrough.
Dejected over the lackadaisical attitude, the victims have demanded a fair probe into the matter by an independent agency.
It is nothing less than an irony that the police registered two separate cases on July 10, 2016, and November 11, 2016. However, no arrest has been made so far despite the bail applications of the suspects booked in the two cases were rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The police found that the people were duped of Rs 2 crore by the firms. The police had nominated Ramesh Kumar, owner of RK Investment, and his family members in the FIR. The police registered another case in which another partner of these firms — Parveen Kumar Tandon and his family members — were booked in the case. The case was registered after a probe conducted by ACP Manjit Singh.
Around 46 persons had lodged a complaint of fraud against Tandon and his family members.
“The Punjab Police are not serious to provide justice to the victims. The suspects who were sheltered by the previous SAD-BJP government are now being protected by the ruling Congress leaders,” alleged the victims. There are families that put in a lot of efforts to save their earning for a better future but ended up in penury.
A few days ago, the victims held a meeting outside the office of an accused private finance firm – RK Investment — in Chheharta area and condemned the attitude of the police. They alleged that the police are shielding the accused who duped hundreds of innocent people.
Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO, investigated the cases and found the ‘investment scam’ was to the tune of Rs 400 crore. It prepared a detailed report and submitted to the Director General of Punjab, who formed an SIT to probe into the incident.
To date, the enquiry changed many hands and a number of statements of victims were recorded during the process. However, the prime accused and his accomplices are still roaming freely and the victims have been running from pillar to post for justice.
“It is a complete failure of the Punjab Police and the Punjab government. Though the government in the state has changed, ‘mafia raj’ has not. The accused changed their loyalties to the ruling leaders,” said Sarabjit Singh Verka, a member of the PHRO.
The victims had also approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for an enquiry from a special investigating team comprising officials from the Income Tax Department, Enforcement Directorate and Punjab Police. August 9 has been fixed for the next hearing. The court has sought a reply from state and police officials in the case.
The victims also demanded action against the police officials who were creating hurdles in investigations to provide benefits to the suspects.
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