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City CSP booked for hiding evidence

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 17:10 IST
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DHAR DISTRICT Special Judge S K Awasthi has ordered to take cognisance against former Nalchha CSP Arun Kumar Jain under Section 201 of IPC. Section 201 relates to causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen the offender. Jain is currently posted as DSP of Indore district special branch.

Awasthi issued the order on Thursday taking cognisance of the application filed under Section 319 of Cr PC by Ramkunwar Bai wife of Chhota Jamaniya village (Nalchha thana) resident Gangaram Bheel, who was allegedly murdered by influential people of village on June 8, 2001. Section 319 empowers the court to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of offence.

Nalchha police had registered the case under Section 174 of Cr PC. Submitting the inquiry report in connection with case, thana in charge Amar Singh Badole and head constable Jairam Patidar said that Gangaram died of electrocution. However, his post-mortem report said that the tribal died of head injury received as a result of being struck by heavy and flat object.

The post-mortem report showed no marks of electrocution on his body and said that had he fallen from height there would have been injury marks on other parts of the body as well.

Besides, the electricity supply to the village was cut off for three consecutive days, including the day on which the murder took place.

However, another inquiry indicated that Badole and Patidar concealed the facts of the incident to save villagers Kailash, Lachchu, Guddu and Anatar Singh who murdered Gangaram.

Later, an offence was registered against the two and matter is pending before the court. According to prosecution witness Nanuram, Jain arrived in the village a week after the incident, confiscated electricity wires and told villagers that Gangaram had died of electrocution.

The Special Judge observed that Jain committed an offence similar to Badole and Patidar and was therefore prima facie guilty of the offence under Section 201.