The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), also known as the juvenile court, recently permitted the Khar police to try a 17-year-old boy accused of murdering a Bandra traffic policeman as an adult before the sessions court.
The minor and his 20-year-old brother are accused of assaulting traffic police head constable Vilas Shinde, 51, with a stick at a petrol pump in Khar on August 23. Shinde died of head injuries at Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, eight days later on August 31. The police have included CCTV footage of the incident in the charge sheet but have not divulged what it shows.
According to the new Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, a 16- or 17-year-old can be tried as an adult if he or she is accused of an offence that carries a jail term of seven years or more.
The Khar police had in September sought permission from the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) at Dongri to try the minor as an adult.
The magistrate of the juvenile court verified the age of the boy and checked if he could be tried as an adult under the amended law. The process included a visit by an official from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) to the boy’s mother, and a doctor’s report.
Ramchandra Jadhav, senior inspector at Khar police station, confirmed that the JJB had given its permission a week ago. The boy had applied for bail before the juvenile court but his plea was rejected and he approached the sessions court.
The attack took place at a petrol pump near Rajasthan Hotel on SV Road, Khar (West). Shinde, who was on duty in the area, had stopped the minor, who was riding a bike, and asked him to call his parents as underage driving is illegal.
According to the police, the minor telephoned his brother and told him an exaggerated version of the incident. Enraged, Amhed arrived at the petrol pump and hit Shinde on the back of the head with a wooden stick. He was arrested from Belapur the next day.
The 17-year-old and his 20-year-old brother Ahmed Qureshi were initially charged with attempted murder by this was changed to murder when Shinde died in the intensive care unit of Lilavati Hospital on August 31.
Last month, the Khar police filed a 700-page charge sheet, which includes CCTV footage of the incident and the statements of 10 to 12 witnesses.
The two brothers have been charges with murder, assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty, voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter a public servant from his duty, and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. Police inspector Rajendra Kane is investigating the case.
AMENDED LAW Juvenile Justice Board allows Khar police to try the boy, accused to assaulting a traffic police constable on Aug 23, in sessions court