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Kin of Pandher’s in-laws fear public rage
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Karnal, January 2
Fearing public outburst, relatives and family friends of Karnal-based in-laws of Moninder Singh Pandher, alias Goldy, here are tightlipped over their contact with Pandher and his in-laws. They have appealed to the police to provide adequate security in the area to avoid any sharp reaction from the public.

Dr J.S. Gill, father-in-law of Pandher, is a respected name in the Model Town locality and is known as “doctor sahib”. Hailing from a well-off family, he has good relations with several top politicians and bureaucrats of Haryana, Punjab and New Delhi.

The Model Town house has been under renovation and is being guarded by Harish, who has been with the family for over five years.

Harish, the caretaker of the house, told TNS that Goldie was a frequent visitor but spent just a couple of hours with his in-laws.

An elderly lady who had attended Goldie's marriage in Karnal years back added that the in-laws of the accused commanded respect in the area. She claimed to know the family well but refused to talk in Pandher’s context.

Mahesh Sharma adds from Mandi Ahmedgarh: The Noida police returned empty-handed from Chandigarh and Lohatbaddi village near Jagraon, the village of Moninder Singh Pandher after preliminary investigations.

The Noida police team, led by Sub Inspector Anil Somania, remained in Lohatbaddi for six hours today and searched all rooms and surroundings at the parental house of Goldy and met villagers and officials of the Punjab Police.

Referring to information received from Mr Dharam Pal, SHO Raikot, who accompanied the team, Jagraon SSP RK Jaiswal, stated that nothing incriminating was found in the buildings or its surroundings.

The cops also focused their search on garments, skeletal remains or any weapon that could be used in the crime allegedly committed by the accused. “Now when we have not found anything incriminating we are returning to our camp,” Mr Somania told The Tribune.

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