Saturday, 20 July 2013

Geetanjali was killed, in-laws harassed her, alleges father

Two days after Gurgaon chief judicial magistrate Ravneet Garg's wife Geetanjali, 28, was found dead in a Gurgaon park, her father on Friday alleged that the Garg family had been harassing her with their never-ending demands.

Geetanjali's father, Om Prakash Aggarwal, told TOI that his son and other family members were in Gurgaon to lodge a complaint against six members of the Garg family, including chief judicial magistrate Ravneet Garg and his father K K Garg, a retired sessions judge of Chandigarh.

"We want an FIR to be immediately registered against the Garg family as they have tortured my daughter for three months," alleged Aggarwal, a businessman and a resident of Panchkula.

"Geetanjali was killed in a planned way," alleged Aggarwal. "We had already done our best during her marriage in 2007," he said.

Geetanjali was found dead in a park in Police Lines in Gurgaon on Wednesday with a .32-bore revolver lying next to the body. Her husband, the CJM, identified the body.

According to Aggarwal, Geetanjali was unhappy with the behaviour of her in-laws for many days. "She told her sisters that she was tensed up," said Aggarwal. "After Geetanjali's death on Wednesday, her in-laws kept saying that she had committed suicide. But on Thursday morning, when I came to know about recovery of three bullets from her body, I insisted that she could not have committed suicide and it was murder," Aggarwal said.

"How a person can shoot herself thrice?" said an inconsolable Aggarwal. "Ravneet Garg is a senior judicial officer. His family is influential. In such circumstances, the local police can't investigate the matter in impartial manner. The investigation should be handed over to the CBI," he added.

In Gurgaon, Geetanjali's family members met police commissioner Alok Mittal on Friday. "Geetanjali's family has told us that she had strained relations with her husband's family. They also alleged that she was harassed by her in-laws. The victim's brother and brother-in-law alleged that CJM Ravneet Garg's family was using its influence to cover up the case. They have demanded a CBI inquiry. We have assured them that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) will investigate the case thoroughly," a top police officer said on condition of anonymity.

When asked why no FIR has been filed so far, the police officer said, "We told Geetanjali's family that an FIR could only be filed on the basis of a written complaint by them. So far, we haven't received any written complaint," he added.

But in a late night telephonic interview, Geetanjali's father told TOI, "Gurgaon Police have wasted our entire day. They appear to be under pressure. We are consulting lawyers to draft an application which police can't reject. They seem desperate to term it a suicide."

The police have set up a five-member special investigation team led by an ACP of Gurgaon. A special ballistic expert visited the scene of the crime and collected samples.

Geetanjali was the youngest of in her family with four sisters and one brother. Her family owns colleges and factories in Barwala and Baddi. She had moved from Jagadhri to Gurgaon three months ago after her husband was promoted as the CJM.

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