- Haidar Naqvi, Kanpur
National Commission for Women (NCW), which had been investigating the case of Dalit woman’s death in police custody, on Tuesday, indicted the Farrukhabad police.
A Dalit woman, 20, had alleged that the son of a politician abducted and raped her in 2014. She was jailed three times and suffered fatal injuries when police arrested her a fourth time on April 29. The 20-year-old died on May 9.
She was arrested last for possessing 500 grams of charas when she was on way back her home after meeting Nilabja Chowdhary, DIG Kanpur range.
She had feared she could be implicated in a fake case and even could be killed. Chowdhary on her complaint had instituted an inquiry under ASP Cantt Khyati Garg.
NCW member Rekha Sharma said the commission took the case suo moto on the Hindustan Times reports on the case.
Sharma spent nearly a week investigating the case, summoned the DIG Kanpur and SSP Farrukhabad Arun Srivastava at Circuit House on Tuesday.
The NCW team directed the team to shift the investigation from Farrukhabad to Kanpur police and arrest the BSP candidate Mahendra Katiyar and his son immediately. Both haven’t been arrested despite victim’s father lodging an FIR of murder against them and four policemen with Kamalgunj police.
“DIG Kanpur has assured that he will issue the order if the family gives in writing that it wants investigation be conducted by another district,” she told reporters at circuit house.
In last one week, the commission’s team met people related to the case and recorded their statements. The Farrukhabad police clearly were hiding facts about the incident and had been planting stories about girl’s character, she said.
“I took all the statements in one week; the police haven’t recorded a single one even after a month has passed,” she said.
“The investigating officer hasn’t called the driver of the jeep from which the Farrukhabad police claims had jumped off,” she said.
The NCW team would submit its report to the commission, which would send it to the state government. In addition, the commission is likely to summon SHO Kamalgunj Saligram Verma who was suspended in the case with five other policemen, to Delhi.http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/ncw-indicts-farrukhabad-police-in-dalit-woman-custody-death-case/story-0OLq8pdsbG8dBTvmoMqcdI.html