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SIT formed to probe dalit boy’s death in Gohana



CHANDIGARH: Two days after two cops were booked for death of a dalit boy in Gohana town of Sonipat, Haryana police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter. The decision to set up an SIT came amid protests demanding a CBI investigation into the case. 14-year-old Govinda was found dead within hours of being picked by cops for questioning in a pigeons’ theft case on Thursday.

The three-member SIT would be headed by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Amit Bhatia, who had earlier probed the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) question paper leakage case and also gang rape of a Nepali woman in Rohtak district. Bhatia, a 2011-batch Haryana Police Service officer, and other two members of the SIT are currently posted in Rohtak.

The SIT on Saturday reached Gohana to record statements of Govinda’s family members apart from other witnesses. SIT members also examined the postmortem report of the victim. According to DSP Bhatia, the doctors have mentioned hanging as cause of death in the autopsy report. “The doctors have also not found any fresh injury on his body, but our investigations are still on,” he said, adding that they would soon submit their report.

On the other hand, according to sources, a video film of Govinda’s body has emerged. It was made before his cremation to prove that there were injury marks on his body. Sources close to the deceased’s family said the video had been uploaded on internet also to ensure it reached everyone. “The family also showed this video to Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja when she came to their home on Saturday,” said a source, adding that she also assured the family to get their house built apart from a grant of Rs 10 lakh from her discretionary quota to construct the streets of their locality in Gohana.

The administration has handed over a cheque of Rs 2.81 lakh to the family of deceased as financial aid. Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who also met Govinda’s family, demanded that the case should be probed by a sitting judge of the high court.

Meanwhile, activists of Haryana Jan Sanghrash Manch and Samtamoolak Mahila Sangthan on Saturday staged a protest march in Gohana to demand a CBI probe into the matter apart from trial of the case by a fast track court.


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