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Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Couple attempts self-immolation outside Mathura police action over ‘cops’ inaction’

Jogendra Singh, 40, and his wife Chandrawati reached the police station around 10 am and poured kerosene on themselves. They set themselves on fire before anybody could respond. Within minutes, both were lying on the ground with their bodies on fire.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2019 08:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mathura
A couple attempted self immolation outside the Sureer Kotwali police station in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
A couple attempted self immolation outside the Sureer Kotwali police station in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
         

A couple attempted self immolation outside the Sureer Kotwali police station here on Wednesday allegedly due to cops’ inaction over a complaint they had filed against a local muscleman. The duo suffered severe burn injuries and were referred to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

The wife’s condition was stated to be critical and the sub-inspector accused of inaction was suspended.

Jogendra Singh, 40, and his wife Chandrawati reached the police station around 10 am and poured kerosene on themselves. They set themselves on fire before anybody could respond. Within minutes, both were lying on the ground with their bodies on fire.

The people around, including cops, brought blankets and rescued the couple. They both were rushed to a hospital in Mathura. Later, they were referred to Delhi for better treatment, said police.

Police officials rushed to the kotwali and by noon, inspector general (Agra range) A Satish Ganesh and SSP (Mathura) Shalabh Mathur reached also reached there.

“It has come to our knowledge that the couple had reached the Sureer police station to complain against a notorious person in Sureer Kalan village. They had lodged a complaint after an incident on August 23, but had a grievance that cops at Sureer police station were not responsive and took no action against the accused,” stated the SSP.

“It is being investigated as to why no police action was taken against the accused. Sub-inspector Deepak Nagar accused of inaction by the couple has been suspended. More cops would face action, if found negligent in this case” stated Mathur.

SP (rural) Aditya Shukla informed that a case has been registered under Section 354 (assault with intent to outrage modesty of woman) and 323 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused Satpal.

Late in the evening, the DGP, UP, OP Singh suspended two cops, including the SHO Arun Swaroh, and two other cops Deepak Nagar and Sunil Singh for dereliction of duty and he directed the SP to ensure immediate arrest of the main accused Satpal. An additional SP has been asked to submit a report for the delay in police action.

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