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Police remand of Col Bains, son extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
While a local court today extended the police remand of Col M S Bains and his son, Vikram, accused of torturing their aged aunts, by a day, the ladies have expressed their reluctance to return to their Sector 3 house unless it is vacated and their security is assured.

India’s first woman pilot, Ms Beant Kaur, now 87, and her younger sister, Ms Satwant Kaur, has accused their nephew, Colonel Bains of beating them, occupying their house and taking away their belongings.

They had also alleged that they had been made virtual prisoners in their own house.

The police also carried out checks of Colonel Bains’ bank lockers at a local branch of UCO Bank, but sources said that they did not recover anything substantial.

Colonel Bains and his son had been arrested by the police on November 20, while his wife, whose name also figures in the complaint lodged with the police, is yet to be apprehended.

Ms Beant Kaur, widow of Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh, who was the first Indian technical officer in the IAF and later technical adviser to the Punjab Government and her sister have been putting up at the Sector 37 complex of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council.

The Bar Council had promised free board and lodgings to the women till a permanent solution to their predicament could be found, after they were “rescued” from their alleged confinement by relatives.

The council has also promised free legal aid to them.

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