'Car kidnap' inaction slur on Hisar cops
Our Special Correspondent
|Chandigarh, Aug. 6: Police in Haryana's Hisar town were accused of ignoring a complaint about a woman's possible abduction in a car hours after their Chandigarh colleagues were publicly thanked by a woman for responding promptly to her distress call during an alleged stalking-cum-kidnapping attempt.|
Umesh Sharma, a trader in his 40s, today told The Telegraph he had heard a woman's cries through the open window of an Alto while driving over the Dabra flyover in Hisar, 242km from Chandigarh, around 5pm yesterday.
He said he had pulled up alongside the Alto and peered in to see three young men and a woman, who was screaming that she was being kidnapped.
"I honked and asked why she was screaming. The man seated beside the driver pointed to the word 'police' inscribed on the rear windshield. The Alto then accelerated and vanished," Sharma said. "The men were in plainclothes."
Sharma said a policeman on traffic duty near the flyover refused to hear his complaint.
"I called the police control room several times but there was no response. Then I decided to go to the Civil Lines police station and file a complaint," he said.
Sharma said he gave the police the number of the Alto. The police lodged a general diary but appear not to have taken any action so far.
"We have noted what the man had to say. There was nothing much to go on in this case," a senior police officer in Hisar told this newspaper on the condition of anonymity.
"There is no missing persons complaint with us matching the description given by the man."
The officer evaded the question whether the police had investigated the car number Sharma had given them. Calls to the mobile number of Hisar superintendent of police Manisha Chaudhary were not answered.
Chandigarh police had promptly intercepted and arrested Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son Vikas and a friend after receiving an emergency call from a young woman driver at Friday midnight saying two men were stalking her in a car.
In a Facebook post yesterday afternoon that described her ordeal, she thanked the Chandigarh police profusely "for unparalleled efficiency and attention to a distress call from me", saying they "almost restore my faith in the system".
Allegations that weak charges had been invoked today prompted Rahul Gandhi's office to tweet: "Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh. BJP Govt mst punish the guilty; not collude W/culprits & mindset they represent."
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury tweeted: "Clearly someone is helping the accused here. Why are the PM and BJP President so silent about stalking of women?"
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the Chandigarh police had already succumbed to political pressure and diluted the case.
"The police facilitated Vikas Barala's bail and did not apply non-bailable sections, though the victim had clearly stated that an attempt was made to kidnap her," he said.
Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar tweeted: "The BJP runs anti-Romeo squad in Uttar Pradesh and its leaders turn Romeo to chase girls on the streets of Haryana."