Not satisfied with Indore police’s handling of the case of his 22-year-old daughter’s death, an army subedar Ramesh Singh Bhadoria from Gwalior district has decided to move the Madhya Pradesh High Court for a CBI probe.
BBA passout Shilpu Singh Bhadoria died on August 7 after falling from the fourth floor of Indore’s three-star Lemon Tree Hotel under mysterious circumstances.
Despite the autopsy report of Shilpu’s body pointing towards her possible murder, the Indore police booked three men, including Shilpu’s college mate and live-in partner Ashutosh Johre and his two friends Shailendra Saraswat and Neeraj Dandotiya, in a case of abetment of suicide.
The report of the autopsy performed at Indore’s MY Hospital on August 8 mentions that Shilpu’s death was due to asphyxia as a result of smothering and chest compression due to blunt force trauma over back of the chest.
The report, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, states the body bears signs suggestive of struggle in form of nail marks and injuries. It also mentions the death being homicidal in nature.
“The post mortem report establishes that my daughter was murdered but we are unable to understand what has stopped the Indore police from lodging a case of murder against the three men,” Bhadoria, posted with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in Lucknow, said.
“It seems there is an invisible hand which is influencing police investigations in the matter,” he added.
A family member claimed that one of the three arrested — Dandotiya, whose family runs a premier school in Gwalior — is a close relative of a politician in Morena district.
“I am not at all satisfied with Indore police investigations into the case and will soon petition the Indore Bench of MP High Court for a CBI probe into the case,” said Bhadoria.
According to Indore’s Tukoganj police station in-charge, Shilpu was living with Ashutosh in a flat at Khandwa Road in Indore. She last talked to her family in Gwalior some hours before her death.
Shilpu went into the hotel with Ashutosh where the two other accused were also present.
“It was my brother who first identified Shilpu’s body at the mortuary of MGM Medical College/MY Hospital on August 8. He told me that Shilpu’s undergarment was torn, the buttons of the clothes were broken which suggested that she was sexually assaulted. Her chest also bore nail scratch marks, which is also mentioned in the autopsy report. The police should not only book the arrested accused for murder, but also for sexual assault,” Bhadoria said.
The other side
The Indore police higher-ups, however, denied any foul play in the investigations.
“We have booked the accused for abetment of suicide only after thorough investigations. There is a mismatch between our investigations based on circumstantial evidence and statements of those present at the hotel and the autopsy report,” SP (Indore East) Monika Shukla told HT on Thursday.
“We have raised certain queries on the report and have consulted medico legal and forensic experts from Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. A team from Bhopal has already collected critical evidence from the crime spot and a report is likely within a couple of days. Based on the findings, we will decide on the future course of action,” she added.