Neha Shoree murder case: father to challenge closure report

Neha's father approached the Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh alleging drug mafia behind his daughter's killing

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MOHALI: Not satisfied with the cops’ probe, Captain (retd) Kailash Kumar Shoree, father of slain food and drug administration officer Neha Shoree, said he will file a protest petition in the high court (HC) as and when the Punjab Police files closure report in the murder case.

The action came after the police filed a status report with the HC mentioning that they may file a closure report and go in proceedings of cancellation of the FIR by next hearing date slated for January 29.

Punjab Police on Friday submitted a status report with the HC after Neha’s father approached the Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh alleging drug mafia behind his daughter’s killing. Kailash Kumar Shoree said, “We believe that Punjab Police is not probing the case religiously. If they file closure report in the case we will challenge it and file a protest petition. We still believe that the murder is fallout of drugs mafia nexus.”

On April 9, Captain Amarinder Singh handed over the Neha Shoree murder case probe to ADGP Prabodh Kumar, director, bureau of investigation. The CM also asked chief secretary to inquire into lapses leading to issuance of arms licence to accused Balwinder Singh.

Levelling allegations against Punjab Police for its inability to reach deep rooted nexus of drug mafia, Kailash said that if they are not satisfied by the HC proceedings they may knock the doors of the SC.

On March 29, Neha was shot dead by Balwinder with his licensed revolver. The accused went to the victim’s office and fired two rounds. While he was trying to flee, he shot himself after being cornered by people. The victim was in her office with her six-year-old niece sitting next to her.

The Punjab government had twice changed the special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the case. The first one was constituted under Mohali SSP, but the next day the case was handed over to IG V Neerja after constituting another SIT, which was to be assisted by Mohali SSP, Ropar SSP, Ropar additional deputy commissioner, and assistant drug controller, Punjab health department.