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Parkash Singh Badal constitutes high-level team to probe Patiala gang-rape incident

Friday, 28 December 2012 - 5:05pm IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI
The 18-year-old victim committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substances in Badshahpur village on Wednesday as police failed to take action against the accused, after which one policeman was dismissed and two others were suspended.

Taking cognizance of the incident of suicide by an alleged gang-rape victim in Patiala district, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Fruday constituted a high level team headed by ADGP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh to thoroughly probe into the matter.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson said that being sensitive to gender IG (Crime), Shashi Prabha Diwedi along with IG (Zonal) Patiala Paramjeet Singh have been included in the team.

The 18-year-old victim committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substances in Badshahpur village on Wednesday as police failed to take action against the accused, after which one policeman was dismissed and two others were suspended.

On the night of Diwali(November 13), the girl was allegedly raped by two persons Balwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh with the connivance of a woman, identified as Shinderpal Kaur.

The team would also look into the aspect of dereliction of duty by any officer right up to the level of SSP in the entire incident, he said.

The chief minister has directed the team to visit the village today itself to ascertain the facts which led the victim to commit suicide, the spokesman said.

The spokesperson further said that Commissioner Patiala Division, Deputy Commissioner and SSP Patiala had already been deputed to the village by the chief minister.

Meanwhile, Badal had also asked the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra to personally visit the bereaved family on behalf of the state government, the spokesperson added.


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