The superintendent of police, Dhar and station house officer of Manawar police station were pulled up by the MP high court on Monday in connection with the death of a tribal boy who was allegedly murdered by upper-caste Patidars of the village for playing music on his mobile phone.
The single bench of the HC, headed by Justice SR Waghmare, who had taken a strict stance on the matter last week, ordered Rajesh Kumar Hingankar, SP Dhar and Ranjit Baghel, the SHO, to submit in an affidavit explaining why, based on the evidences submitted by the aggrieved persons and the autopsy report, a case of murder had not registered into the matter.
The police have told the court that they had registered a case under section 306 of IPC (abetment of suicide) and are investigating into the matter. If in the course of investigation, they found that it should be considered a case of murdered, they would approach the matter accordingly.
The police has been given time until November 16 to file a reply in the matter. It was also directed to provide security to the family of the victim.
Madiya, a 16-year-old Bhil tribal boy was allegedly assaulted, set on fire and then hanged in front of his house on August 14 by a group of people from the influential Patidar community, but the matter was allegedly hushed up by the police. After a fortnight, a case was registered under section 306 of IPC (abetment of suicide) in an attempt to project it as a case of suicide.
However, Madhuri Krishnaswami, a tribal rights activist, brought the issue to court and said that members of the vigilante group ‘Sewa Dal’ were involved in the killing. Senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur too told the court that upper-caste had men resorted to the attack to incite panic and terror among the tribals living in the village.