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Risking his life, he saves girl from kidnappers
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 17
Exemplary courage, by Bhai Isher Singh, a former CRPF cop and a Raagi from Hyderabad foiled the kidnapping of a young girl, daughter of a senior Army officer, in morning here today.

Residents did not see such a kidnapping even during days of militancy. At a great risk to his life, Bhai Isher Singh, chased the vehicle of kidnappers and saved the victim from the clutches of six drunken youth (all clean shaven), following a hand-to-hand fight.

After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple Bhai Isher Singh proceeded towards Ranjit Avenue in his car when he heard screams of the kidnapped girl, who was struggling to save her modesty near Ram Bagh Chowk. He overtook the vehicle of the kidnappers after a chase of a few kilometres and then pulled one of the kidnappers out who was on the wheel. In the scuffle, Bhai Isher Singh who is a senior member of the Akal Purkh Ki Fauj, was hit with an iron rod by the accused. Meanwhile, the victim rushed to the vehicle of Bhai Isher Singh with her clothes torn.

However, the kidnappers fled the scene by abandoning their vehicle. On the way to Kotwali police station, Bhai Isher Singh informed the police on Bhandari Bridge about the incident. On the request of the victim, he went to the place of scuffle by leaving her in front of the police station to bring back the bag of the girl from the abandoned vehicle. When Bhai Isher Singh reached the site he saw that the kidnappers took away their vehicle. To his surprise he saw that the victim too had disappeared. It is presumed that the victim who, was bleeding profusely from the face might have gone home to save herself from the ‘social stigma’. Later, Bhai Isher Singh rushed to the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass hospital where doctors found one of his bones fractured.

District police chief, S.S. Srivastava, S.P. (City I), Kaustab Sharma and Mr Chaman Lal, S.P. (II) reached the spot.

The vehicle (PB o2 E 6158) originally belonged to the Chief Khalsa Diwan, which was sold off six months back. However, it was not transferred in the name of the purchaser. Mr Bhag Singh Ankhi, Secretary (Honorary), Chief Khalsa Diwan said that he did not recall the name of the person who had purchased the vehicle for Rs 55,000.

Though the police is silent about the identity of the kidnappers it is learnt that the vehicle had been impounded. The police has taken some persons, including family members of the suspects in custody. Names of the accused were not being disclosed lest it should hamper the investigation.

When contacted, S.P. (City II), Kaustab Sharma ruled out the possibility of the involvement of the ward of a senior police official in the crime. He said the mystery of the kidnapping was likely to be unfolded in a couple of days. Mr Sharma said that the victim, who had not come forward to lodge an FIR was believed to have come from New Delhi to meet her relatives here .

Meanwhile, Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate, convener of the Akal Purkh Ki Fauj, announced ‘Hari Singh Nalwa Award’ for Bhai Isher Singh who saved the life of an innocent girl in keeping with traditions of Sikhism.





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