More than seven years after an electrician Dilip Patidar was picked up allegedly by Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) for questioning in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, his wife has met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for her missing husband’s cause.
Padma Patidar (30), flanked by her 12-year-old son Himanshu and Dilip’s brother Ramswarup (all hailing from Dupada village in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district), broke into tears before Fadnavis during their four-minute meet on May 18.
They sought deserving punishment to two Maharashtra ATS officers Rajendra Ghule and Ramesh More, who allegedly picked up Dilip for questioning from Indore on November 10-11 intervening night.
The family in the presence of two lawyers also demanded compensation for Padma and her son, as they alleged that Dilip was not found involved in the Malegaon blast case.
“We’ve asked the Maharashtra CM to find out Dilip, punish the two ATS cops who abducted him for questioning and compensation for our family. The CM has assured to look into the matter and do something concrete in next 45 days,” Ramswarup told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
Hopeful of husband’s return, Padma said the Maharashtra CM is the family’s last hope, after having failed to find Dilip, despite meeting and getting hollow assurances from then Union home minister P Chidambaram, former deputy prime minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani and state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“We met everyone, but none of them helped us find Dilip,” said Ramswarup, whose father Devi Singh is a BJP leader and is now battling with cancer in Shajapur.
Importantly, Dilip’s family met Fadnavis at his office in Mumbai, just eight days before a special CBI court in Indore issued an arrest warrant against the two Maharashtra ATS officers -- Rajendra Ghule and Ramesh More (inspector and sub-inspector respectively in 2008).
The Special CBI judge Raghvendra Singh Chouhan in his May 26 order, while dismissing CBI’s plea to close the case (as no evidence was found against the ATS officers duo), held that prima facie there is evidence against Ghule and More for their prosecution for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, fabrication of evidence and other offences under the IPC.
Counsel for Dilip’s family Mohan Patidar said the court directed for the arrest and production of the two ATS officers before the court by the next date of hearing on June 3.
Dilip Patidar’s case
On November 10-11 intervening night in 2008, Dilip Patidar, a 28-year-old electrician working with a premier private hospital, was picked up by a Maharashtra ATS team from a rented flat in Indore’s Shanti Nagar locality.
Since then Dilip has been missing and the family doesn’t know whether he is alive
According to Maharashtra ATS, at one point of time, Dilip had been a tenant of Ramchandra Kalsangra, an absconding accused in the Malegaon blast case
His brother Ramswarup claimed that ATS men in Mumbai made Dilip talk to family over phone for a few seconds around a week after being taken to Maharashtra capital for questioning, but since then they don’t anything about him
Unable to find Dilip, the Patidar family filed a habeas corpus petition before the Indore bench of MP High Court in December 2008. In 2012, the HC transferred the case to CBI
But unable to find evidence against the Maharashtra ATS cop duo, six months ago CBI filed a closure report in the case, which was rejected by the special CBI court
The CBI again sought to close the case on May 23, 2016 but the court while rejecting CBI’s plea, instead issued arrest warrant against the two Maharashtra ATS cops