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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM (IST)

Professor who rescued minor from torture still in police net

Cops fail to quash FIR registered against him

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 9

Six months on, a Punjabi University professor who rescued a 14-year-old girl working as a domestic help, from torture, in December 2018 continues to face harassment. 

The university professor, Sumrinder Sira, was ‘mistakenly’, booked due to miscommunication between the District Child Welfare Committee and the police for the said case. Ironically, the mistake has not been corrected until now by the Patiala police.

The professor said despite his repeated requests, Civil Line Police station did not quash the FIR against him. 

On the contrary, the police have not even booked the house owner where the 14-year-old was working and allegedly tortured. Professor Sira said instead of awarding him for his work of rescuing a child, he had been facing hurdles in his normal life due to a criminal case against him.                             

He said, “It is very sad that the police have not even quashed the FIR against me despite the fact I was the one who informed the District Child Welfare Committee about the girl.”

He added that he would be facing legal hurdles and inconvenience in his passport renewal process. “Nobody is taking the pain to correct the mistake,” professor said. 

Surprisingly, the Senior Superintendent of Police had, already, admitted that he (Professor) was mistakenly booked by the Police. The professor said incidents like these made the people afraid of helping the police as a responsible citizen. 

Meanwhile, Ramanjeet Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Civil Lines, said, “We shall meet the professor tomorrow. I will look into the matter.” 

Professor was booked ‘mistakenly’

The university professor, Sumrinder  Sira, was ‘mistakenly’, booked due to miscommunication between the District Child Welfare Committee and the police for the said case. Ironically, the mistake has not been corrected until now by the Patiala police. 

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