92-yr-old ac­cused of at­tack­ing ten­ant

Res­i­dents up in arms; po­lice book eight per­sons on charge of as­sault

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ht Live Correspondent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUDHIANA: Peo­ple of Ja­graon, along with se­nior Akali-BJP lead­ers, thronged the SSP’s of­fice on Thurs­day to lodge their protest against reg­is­tra­tion of a crim­i­nal case against eight per­sons sup­port­ing a 92-yearold wo­man.

The pro­test­ers al­leged that the po­lice had reg­is­tered a false case on Surinder Singh’s com­plaint at the city po­lice sta­tion on Wed­nes­day night ac­cus­ing 92-year-old Maya Devi of hatch­ing a con­spir­acy to at­tack him.

Surinder Singh, a ten­ant of Maya Devi, has been stay­ing at her house for the last five years.

Though the po­lice did not name the wo­man in the FIR but it booked eight per­sons, in­clud­ing three women, who take care of her, as she stays alone. The po­lice told the com­plainant that they would in­quire into Maya Devi’s role in the at­tack and if found guilty, she too would be booked.

Surinder Singh, in his state­ment to the po­lice, had al­leged that he was beaten up by Maya Devi’s friends at Ka­mal Chowk, Ja­graon, at her be­hest.

On hear­ing about the case on Thurs­day, peo­ple of the area got ag­i­tated. They ex­pressed an­guish as the com­plainant had ac­cused a 92-year-old wo­man, who could not even walk with­out help.

District plan­ning com­mit­tee, Ludhiana, chair­man Bhag Singh Malla, Ja­graon mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil pres­i­dent Kr­is­han Dheer, along with other Akail-BJP lead­ers and res­i­dents of the area met Ja­graon SSP Amar Singh Cha­hal and con­veyed that the case was to­tally false.

The SSP, af­ter lis­ten­ing to them, marked an in­quiry into the case.

Lo­cal Akali coun­cil­lor Dar­shan Singh ac­cused the ten­ant of want­ing to grab Maya Devi’s house, which was why he wanted to in­volve the wo­man and her friends in a false case. He said that the ten­ant had not been pay­ing rent for the last three years and had threat­ened Maya Devi to im­pli­cate her in false cases. The coun­cil­lor said that Maya Devi had also com­plained against him at the city po­lice sta­tion a month ago but in­quiry of­fi­cer Balwant Singh had not taken any ac­tion.

HT PHOTO

The 92-year-old be­spec­taled wo­man flanked by res­i­dents of the area in front of the SSP’s of­fice in Ja­graon on Thurs­day.

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