The state committee member of Communist Party of India, Jammu Anand, today raised doubts over state CID’s closure report on the much-talked about Yogita Thakre ‘murder’ case.
He demanded making BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, the then commissioner of police, Nagpur, Pravin Dixit, the Senior PI of Kotwali, RM Katole, and others as co-accused in the case.
The state CID probed the case after a judicial magistrate first class rejected the closure report in Yogita case in December last year and directed the agency to carry out further investigation into the mystery death of the girl. However, again the state CID submitted its closure report before the court a couple of months ago and said that the FIR was registered by mistake.
Seven-year-old Yogita Thakre’s body was found dead in the boot of a car in the compound of Gadkari’s Nagpur residence in May 2009. The city police initially registered a case of accidental death and later converted it to a case of murder.
Yogita’s parents alleged that she was murdered and did not die accidentally as the CID probe concluded. The post mortem report showed "smothering" as the cause of death and also mentioned several abrasions and wounds on the girl’s body.
In May 2010, the state CID took over the case after Yogita’s parents filed a public interest litigation but the CID’s closure report filed in December last year called Yogita’s death as accidental.
Anand alleged that the way CID enquired into the matter, it seems that it was trying to bail out Gadkari and others involved in the case. He demanded that the matter should be handed over to the CBI. A delegation of the party would meet chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in this regard soon with a request for a CBI probe into the matter for a fair investigation.
Anand alleged that the prime witness in the case, Manohar Panse, the driver of Gadkari, who found the body first, was rewarded with the directorship of some "dubious" companies which invested in the Purti Power and Sugar Ltd, promoted by Gadkari within two months after his statement was recorded by the city police in this regard.