‘murdered’ woman buried, no arrest made
Gurdaspur November 15:
Even as the body of Hanefa Masih, a Dalit Christian woman of this village, who was allegedly murdered by members of the ruling SAD party, was buried this evening, the police has failed to arrest the accused involved in the crime.
Malkit Singh, SHO, Dera Baba Nanak police station, in whose jurisdiction the village falls, said he was awaiting the postmortem report before arresting the seven accused involved in the crime and against whom a case under sections 304, 452, 148 and 149, IPC, was registered yesterday.
On the other hand, family members of the deceased, including her husband Iqbal Masih, son Labha and daughter-in-law Paramjit Kaur, are living under constant fear as they alleged that the accused were roaming freely in the village.
Iqbal alleged that on November 10, 2008, his wife and daughter-in-law were attacked by some persons, including women. On November 11 when he came to know that the condition of his wife was serious, he took her to the Civil Hospital, Batala. He said his wife was not given treatment by the authorities concerned as they demanded a police report.
He added that when the police refused to give them a report in connection with the injuries suffered by his wife, his son Labha approached the court on November 12 and managed to get a report. But when the condition of Hanefa deteriorated, she was referred to an Amritsar hospital by doctors attending on her on November 13. Hanefa died while on the way.
Naresh Arora, SSP, Batala, while denying that the police had refused to give a report to the relatives of the deceased, said no one from her family had approached the policemen.