Man who has filed case against 2 cops attacked near Mumbai; family blames police
Nine months after a 21-year-old youngster was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his house at Titwala, on Wednesday night, his father Rajesh Ramachandra Jagtap,44, was attacked with sharp weapons and broken glass bottles by unidentified persons.
Jagtap has been admitted to a private hospital, and a case has been registered against unidentified persons with Titwala police station.
The family, who filed a complaint against two police officials for their son’s death, believes that the two incidents are linked, and that the police are involved.
“The parents have lodged a case against a police sub-inspector and a constable, but we didn’t find any police role in their son Mitesh Jagtap’s death. The duo are out on bail now,” said a police official from Thane rural, requesting anonymity.
Jagtap’s relatives alleged that some police officials are behind the attack. Naresh Ahvad, Mitesh’s uncle, said: “We are helpless. Mitesh’s father was attacked by the police, so even if we go to the police, they are not likely to arrest or even take action against anyone.”
On August 21, 2017, Mitesh was caught by the police for driving a bike rashly and without the required documents. He was taken to Titwala police station; soon after his father reached the station and handed over the relevant documents. However, the family alleges that they did not take the documents, instead confiscating Mitesh’s jacket and mobile phone and letting him go.
The next day, the police went to Mitesh’s house and told his parents that they were investigating their son and his two friends in a Rs 50 lakh theft case. A day later, on August 23, Mitesh committed suicide, and his parents alleged that the police had pushed Mitesh into killing himself. “The case reached Bombay high court, which ordered a probe into the incident,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate, requesting anonymity.
There was a court hearing scheduled on Thursday regarding Mitesh’s death, the official added. Following the attack on Jagtap,the hearing has been postponed to June 9.
The family shifted to Dombivli after the suicide, and on Wednesday, when Jagtap had gone to Titwala for some work, some unidentified persons blocked his way. They questioned him about the complaint he had filed against the police, the family said. “Before Rajesh could say anything, they attacked him with a glass bottle and escaped,” Ahvad said.
The police officer said: “We have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. No arrests have been made as yet. We are questioning locals for more details on the attack, and we are also checking CCTV footage.”