The Special Investigation Team (SIT) is recording statements of wives of Balaghat and Baihar policemen, who had been booked on charge of attempting to kill a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak in the district on September 25.
The RSS pracharak, Suresh Yadav, was allegedly beaten up in custody by seven policemen and two home guards over posting of an objectionable WhatsApp post.
On Thursday, the SIT team in Jabalpur recorded the statements of Zeba, the wife of Baihar police station in-charge Ziya-ul-Haq. Ziya is one of the seven policemen and two home guards who were suspended by the state government following protests by the ruling BJP’s ideological mentor RSS.
According to SIT sources, Zeba’s statements were recorded following her application to state’s director general of police Rishi Shukla on October 5 seeking justice for her husband in the matter.
SIT sources said Zeba’s detailed statements about the series of incidents in Baihar town on September 25 evening were recorded for an hour. Zeba told the SIT that her husband and other cops were falsely implicated in the case.
She also told the investigators that around 50 from a large mob that had encircled the Baihar police station that night had entered the adjoining police colony and approached towards their house in search of her and two little daughters. Fearing for life, she along with two daughters left Baihar for safer destination the next morning.
The SIT is probing all the four cases lodged at the Baihar police station on September 25-26, including the two cases registered against the cops-home guards and two lodged against unidentified protestors for attacking on duty cops and their vehicles.
Similarly, statements of Rekha, the wife of another accused and suspended cop, assistant sub inspector Suresh Vijaywar, have been recorded by the SIT members at a guest house in Balaghat a few days back.
None of the suspended cops or sacked home guards, however, has been arrested. Some of them, including additional superintendent of police Rajesh Sharma, have sought anticipatory bail from the Madhya Pradesh high court.
Importantly, four ruling BJP MLAs led by Waraseoni (Balaghat) legislator Yogendra Nirmal had sought a call attention motion in the state assembly’s winter session over the delay in arrest of the accused policemen. But, the call attention motion didn’t happen.