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MP murder probe gets murky: Minor from suspect’s family dead, elder sister missing

Betul man claims police are torturing him and his family members to extract confession in the murder of a fellow villager.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 18:01 IST
Mayank Bhargava
Mayank Bhargava
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh,MP,Police
Bale Ivne with his family members outside his house at Palaspani village in Betul district. (Mayank Bhargava/HT Photo)

Police investigation of a murder in Madhya Pradesh has taken a murky turn, with the prime suspect’s minor daughter dead, his elder daughter missing and him carrying torture marks on his buttocks.

“Sab police ki maar ki wajah se hai (all this is due to police torture),” alleged Bale Ivne, a resident of Palaspani village in Betul district, about 175 km south of state capital Bhopal.

Police are questioning Ivne, 55, and his family members for the murder of fellow villager Brajlal, 24, who was hacked to death.

Brajlal’s body was found in a field on July 10. His relatives told the police they suspected Ivne and his family members committed the murder. Ivne is a tribal, as was Brajlal.

“Police ne zindagi barbaad kar di hai (police have destroyed our lives),” said Ivne. “Humko roz maar rahe hain, zabardasti kar rahe hain ki bolo tumne usko mara hai (police are harassing and torturing us daily to force us to confess to the crime),” Ivne alleged.

Bale Ivne has alleged that the marks on his body are due to police torture. (Mayank Bhargava/HT Photo)

He alleged that his elder daughter, Meena, 19, went missing from the local police station on July 16 after she was tortured. He claimed police tortured him, Meena and his younger daughter, Raseela, 17, for four hours that day in separate rooms. Police claimed Meena pushed a woman constable and ran away.

Ivne said police called Raseela, 17, for questioning again last Saturday and she left home but never returned. “Uski lash mili agle din gaon ke kuen mein (her body was found in the village well on Sunday).”

Ivne’s wife, Sumarati Bai, said police action had devastated her family. “Badi beti police station se gayab hai, chhoti beti mar gayi aur pati ke sharir par maar ke zakhm hain (my elder daughter is missing from the police station, younger daughter is dead and my husband’s body bears signs of torture).”

She alleged that even her son-in-law was beaten in the police station. “Humko faansi de do agar humne khoon kiya hai, par aise maarna kahan jaayaz hai (hang us if we have committed the murder, but how is this torture justified)?”

Rajendra Dhruve, in-charge of Shahpur police station, where the murder case was lodged, said Raseela was called for questioning on July 22 but she did not turn up. Later, police came to know about her death, he added. “We are investigating if the girl committed suicide or was murdered,” said Dhruve.

DR Teniwar, superintendent of police, Betul, said Ivne and his family were being questioned because of suspicion of their involvement in the murder. He said it was during investigation that a woman of the family (Meena) ran away from the police station and her sister was found dead.

“We will look into the allegations of torture. We are already investigating the girl’s death,” Teniwar added.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 16:47 IST