“As policemen, they are supposed to be the custodians of our safety and not its invaders. The Charkop police inspector kept threatening Nikesh to withdraw the assault case he had filed or else he would kill him. Tired of the constant torture, my nephew took this drastic step,” said Jaiwant Bhandari, 45, Nikesh’s uncle.
Nikesh Bhandari, 26, committed suicide by jumping in front of a goods train at Virar on Tuesday. He left a suicide note saying he was taking the drastic step due to torture by Patil, attached to the Charkop police station, and eight others who had assaulted Nikesh and his brother, Chaitanya on March 8 during Rang Panchami celebration.
“The inspector would call Chaitanya and ask him to visit Charkop police station, failing which he would beat him up. He would use unspeakable language and abuse my nephews,” said Jaiwant. “Just because some people are powerful, they think they can get away with criminal activities. And the only sufferer is the common man.”
Nikesh’s cousin Nilesh Waralkar said they would do all it takes for justice. “We approached the Charkop police station on Wednesday and asked them to register a complaint against the inspector and the other accused. If they don’t take notice of our pleas, we will take all the requisite measures so that the intention behind Nikesh’s drastic step — to ensure that a layman can live peacefully — is fulfilled,” said Waralkar.
Nikesh’s parents were too shocked to comment.