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Retired colonel granted bail, constable clerk suspended

The police is investigating allegations of molestation against the retired colonel by an ADM’S wife.

noida Updated: Aug 21, 2018 14:48 IST
Tanmayee Tyagi
Tanmayee Tyagi
Hindustan Times, Noida
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Retired Colonel Virendra Pratap Singh Chauhan being welcomed by the residents of Arun Vihar after being released from jail. He was granted bail on Monday, August 20, 2018. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The 76-year-old colonel who was jailed for allegedly harassing his neighbour in Sector 29 was granted bail by the district court on Monday.

Colonel (retired) Virendra Pratap Singh Chauhan, had been lodged in Luksar jail after an additional district magistrate’s (ADM) wife filed a case of alleged abduction and molestation. Provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Act were also levied against him. He was arrested on August 14, along with three others.

However, residents of the area as well as veteran Army officers had protested against his arrest, alleging that the charges levied against him were false. They also said that Chauhan had been unfairly handcuffed when he was presented in front of a magistrate. A constable clerk was suspended on Monday in this regard.

“There was negligence on the part of constable clerk Wasif Ali. We found that he did not carry out his duty properly. He has tarnished the image of the department and has been suspended from duty,” Rajesh Sharma, a spokesperson for the police, said.

A Noida police sub-inspector had also been suspended on August 18 for his failure to collect evidence from the spot. The police are now re-examining the evidence.

“Its clear from the CCTV footage that there was an argument between the retired colonel and the ADM. However, we are still looking into the matter to determine who was at fault,” Avnish Kumar, circle officer 1, who is investigating the matter after the previous station house officer and circle officer were transferred, said.

After CCTV footage of the Army veteran being pushed and kicked by the ADM emerged, district magistrate BN Singh asked the police to file an FIR against the ADM for assault.

In this connection, the police on Sunday arrested Rahul Nagar, the gunner for the ADM. On Saturday, the police had also arrested Jitendra Awasthi Bachchan, the ADM’s house-help.

Both Nagar and Bachchan are among the seven accused by the Noida police for attempting to murder the retired colonel on the morning of August 14 at a public park in Sector 29.

Colonel (retired) Chauhan was greeted by his neighbours as soon as he reached his residence. “It was nice to have public support. Even in court today, it felt good to see all the people who had come out in my support. As far as the truth is concerned, it will come out eventually,” he said.

The residents also welcomed the bail. “Tomorrow we will apply for the bail of the other three arrested persons. We hope that they are also granted bail as soon as possible,” Colonel (retired) Sushil Vohra, a resident of Arun Vihar, said.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 14:46 IST