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Police register suicide for murder of woman, kids

THIS IS how the Lucknow Police function. The brutal murder of a woman, her infant son and a 12-year-old daughter was made out as a case of suicide. The gruesome murder and the act of the police would have been buried in the pages of judicial records but for the vigilant eyes of two prosecution officers.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 00:46 IST
PADM Kirti

THIS IS how the Lucknow Police function. The brutal murder of a woman, her infant son and a 12-year-old daughter was made out as a case of suicide.

The gruesome murder and the act of the police would have been buried in the pages of judicial records but for the vigilant eyes of two prosecution officers.

Aslam Javed Siddiqui and Mahendra Pratap Singh Tomar are the two additional district government counsel (ADGC) posted in the fast track court of the judge Syed Vaiz. The station officer (SO) of Nighoan forwarded a chargesheet and stated that a woman had poisoned her children to death and consumed it too.

The accused had cremated the bodies without informing the police, hence, a case of destruction of evidence was leveled on them.

The ADGCs studied the FIR and other relevant papers, which revealed entirely different facts. One Ram Pal had reported that he had married his sister, Lalita, to Sukhpal in the village Bakhat Khera about 13 years back. The man was a drug addict and also maintained illicit relations with his sister-in-law (Bhabhi). He used to beat his wife when she opposed his ways.

It was on May 3, 2004 that a villager of Sukhpal’s village informed Ram Pal’s mother that Lalita had been badly beaten and had asked him to inform her mother and brother. The mother and other relatives reached the village the next day, only to see the pyre of Lalita and her 18-month son, Nishant, burning. The 12-year-old daughter, Priti, sobbed and told her grandmother that her father and grandfather, Ramdeen, had beaten her mother and brother to death.

At this time, Brijmohan and his wife, Guddi, friends of Sukhpal, lifted Priti and said since she was not well, they were taking her to the doctor. Ram Pal reached the village and found the pyre of Priti burning.

The accused persons managed to forward an entirely different story to the Station Officer, who registered a case of suicide.

Judge Syed Vaiz heard both the prosecution officers and the defense counsel at length and on January 20, passed his verdict. He upheld the contentions of the prosecution and directed that the case be converted from Section 306 to 302 of Indian Penal Code, besides Section 201 IPC. The judge further directed all the accused persons to surrender in the court and their bail applications would be heard afresh.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 00:46 IST