Assault on Pandher, Koli: Probe on, no arrests yet
Four years after an unprovoked assault on Nithari case accused Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli at Ghaziabad court complex on January 25, 2007, Uttar Pradesh (UP) police say they are continuing with the investigations and have failed to nab the perpetrators of the attack even though they were named in the FIR lodged by a senior police officer.
Coincidentally and exactly after four years, Utsav Sharma, who says is reportedly mentally ill, led a similar attack on Dr Rajesh Talwar at the same Ghaziabad court complex, and was booked for attempt to murder and provision of 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act. Police officials now say that they were trying to make a strong case against Sharma.
On the attack on Koli and Pandher, six persons were named and 250-300 others were booked under similar and more stringent charges. But the UP police investigations at Ghaziabad did not move any further after the FIR was lodged.
The attackers on Koli and Pandher were booked under stringent sections 147, 148, 149, 307 and 353 of IPC, section ¾ of Damage to Public Property Act and also under 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act.
Ghaziabad police chief Raghubir Lal said that investigations were still continuing in the case and no charge-sheet was filed as yet. “After the FIR, the investigations were handed over to superintendent of police (SP). But, the status remains same in the case. We are continuing with the investigations,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) told HT.
While the police were actively making efforts to nail Utsav Sharma under the hammer of law, they have failed to act against the attackers on Koli and Pandher which took place inside the same Ghaziabad court complex. This is despite the fact that more than 10 policemen were also injured during the attack while trying to protect them from mob fury.