Policeman held for journalist’s ‘suicide’ in Faridabad

  • Prabhu Razdan, Hindustan Times, Faridabad
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 17:53 IST
The flat from where Pooja Tiwari fell to her death. (Hindustan Times)

The mysterious death of journalist Pooja Tiwari took a twist on Thursday when the Faridabad police arrested a Haryana Police inspector in connection with the case.

The inspector, Amit Kumar, was present at the fifth-floor flat in Sector 46 from where Pooja allegedly fell to her death.

The police also claimed to have found a ‘suicide’ note left by Pooja. The alleged suicide note, police said, was found by Amit.

Amit claimed he found the note in his bag. The police will send it for forensic analysis to examine its authenticity.

“We arrested Amit Kumar in an abetment to suicide case after family members of the deceased gave a supplementary statement,” said Hanif Qureshi, commissioner of police, Faridabad.

The alleged suicide note blames the doctor couple, Anil Goyal and Archana Goyal, and media persons who allegedly ran stories after an FIR of extortion was registered against her.

Tiwari, who till recently worked with a national media portal, was facing charges of extortion leveled by the couple. She had claimed in an article that the couple provided access to medical termination of pregnancy kits

“Amit gave us a suicide note which he said he found in his bag,” deputy commissioner of police (NIT) PC Panwar said, adding, “The note points fingers at the doctor couple. We are in the process of sending it for forensic examination”.

Pooja’s family members had earlier also accused the couple of abetting her suicide.

Panwar said: “During questioning, Amit repeatedly said Pooja was disturbed with the FIR registered against her.”

Questions were being raised about Amit’s presence in the flat and the police allegedly avoiding his medical examination to check if he too was drunk at the time of the incident.

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The social media is also abuzz with netizens accusing police of not taking the investigation seriously as a cop was found inside the flat when the incident took place.

Amit was attached with the DGP headquarters in Panchkula after his presence was established in the flat.

Anil Goyal rejected the charges against him and his wife. “Why did it take the police four days to recover suicide note?” he asked.

An FIR of abetment to suicide has already been registered against him and his wife.

“We had lodged a complaint against the journalist and never followed it up and in the meantime if any incident takes place, how is the complainant responsible for that?” asked Goyal.

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