Punjab police say molestation complaint false, to cancel FIR

Muktsar : The Punjab police has decided to cancel the molestation case lodged by two minor sisters against the conductor of a private bus, believed to be owned by an Akali leader, here saying the allegations proved to be 'false'.

The police have examined the video footage, call detail records and video-graphed accounts of witnesses, and have come to a conclusion that the molestation complaint against the conductor of the New Deep Transport company, lodged at the behest of Gagan Sangrami, a student union leader, does not hold valid, SSP Muktsar Kuldeep Singh Chahal told reporters here yesterday.

Sangrami, an active leader of a students' union from a government college in Muktsar, had allegedly conspired with girl's father Jasbir Singh to lodge a false complaint as a dispute between the New Deep Transport company and the student union activists had taken place in Faridkot recently after which some students had been booked, the SSP said.

"Police investigation reveal that a false complaint was given. The case was registered at the instance of the student leader to put pressure on the bus company to withdraw the case against 13 students of Faridkot," he said.

"We have initiated the process to cancel the FIR lodged against the conductor," he said. Two minor sisters - aged 13 and 15 years - were allegedly harassed by the conductor of a private bus said to be owned by an Akali leader in Muktsar district, their father said in a complaint to police on May 14.

The girls hailing from Kotli Sangar village in Muktsar district had come to the tehsil office here to get their Aadhaar cards made. When they were on their way back, a conductor of a private bus allegedly started harassing them. They were asked to disembark from the vehicle at Kotkapura chowk after they confronted the conductor, their father said in his complaint.

The SSP said that CCTV camera footage at the Kotkapura bypass showed that Jasbir Singh along with his one daughter got off there, contradicting the complaint lodged earlier. But according to the complainant, both his daughters were accompanying him. Besides, there were other contradictions in the statements made by the father, he said, adding that police has found out that no one had pushed them off the bus.

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