Manipur student death: SSP admits lapses on part of police, suspends two more cops
The student had gone missing after attending a concert in Greater Noidanoida Updated: Sep 15, 2017 21:52 IST
The senior superintendent of police of Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar, on Friday expressed concern over the way police handled the case of Manipuri student, who died last week and was cremated by police without making efforts to identify the victim.
“I am extremely sorry for what happened. It is clearly due to the lapses of some police personnel, who did not follow prescribed procedure after the missing complaint was lodged and when he was found dead,” said the SSP to the kin of Pravish Chanam, who had come to meet him in his office at Surajpur.
Taking cognizance of the lapses, Kumar on Thursday suspended three police officers and shunted the station house officer of Knowledge Park to the Police Lines. On Friday, the SSP suspended two more policemen — both constables — after it was found that they did not report the matter on time.
Twenty-two-year-old Chanam was a BA student in Imphal and had come to Delhi to meet his brother. He had come to Greater Noida to attend a concert of popular music band, The Chainsmokers, on September 8. He reportedly went missing after the concert and was found dead by police near Nithari intersection a day later.
A missing complaint was lodged in Knowledge Park police station on September 9 ,but the information on the same was not shared with the police control room by the Knowledge Park police. Simultaneously, the police personnel of Sector 20 police station, under which Nithari falls, failed to update the control room on the man they had found dead in the Nithari area.
The police cremated Chanam after keeping his body in the mortuary for 72 hours, saying that they could not establish the identity of the victim.
Finally on September 14, five days after Chanam’s body was found and a day after he was cremated, his brother and friends got to know about his death after the Sector 20 police showed them his clothes and photograph of his body.
“Had the police followed the procedure of relaying information among themselves, his body could have been identified much earlier,” said Ravi Kant Chanam, the victim’s elder brother.
Pravish was seen coming out of the concert around 9.30pm on September 8. After that, he was taken to the district hospital in Sector 30, Noida by a man in his car, who found him lying on ground in the Knowledge Park area. He was admitted to the district hospital at 10.30pm. On the next day, around 6.30 am, Pravish was seen walking out of the district hospital in the CCTV footage obtained from the hospital.
Later, around 5.30pm, Pravish’s body was found near Nithari market by the police. Police registered a case and cremated him on September 13 after the post-mortem examination.