BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh police denied on Saturday all charges against a sub-inspector accused of locking a woman and her seven-day-old girl inside their house for almost a week, causing the death of the infant.
The allegations emerged on Friday after the death of 22-year-old Sandhya Kushwaha Sharma’ s child in Tikamgarh district’s Prithvipur town, 273km from Bhopal.
The police clean-chit came on a day the MP Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) asked Tikamgarh district superintendent of police (SP) Nimish Agrawal to submit a report on the incident in a week. “On the basis of the report published in HT on Friday, we have taken the case on suo motu cognizance,” said LR Sisodiya, public relation officer, MPHRC.
The mother said last Sunday, 10 officers led by sub-inspector and in-charge of Samra police station Pankaj Mudgal barged into her house in search of her husband Rahul Sharma, a suspect in a liquor smuggling case.
When they couldn’t find him, they allegedly locked her and her baby and threatened the neighbours against helping them. The couple was reportedly alienated in the area due to their inter-caste marriage. “I was forced to survive on atta and stale water for six days and couldn’t breastfeed my daughter. I want justice for my daughter,” she told HT. She said her husband is in Delhi on work but police say he is on the run.
But Agrawal said an internal inquiry by a sub-divisional officer of police rubbished the woman’s charges. “There was no such incident in the town and it is being unnecessarily exaggerated. The SI named in the incident never did the things for which he has been alleged,” said Agrawal.
Mudgal claimed he never went to the woman’s house and she was trying to shield her criminal husband. But an eyewitness told HT her allegations were true.