Friday, June 15, 2018

Gym trainer’s suicide: Cops told to submit status report

Times of India: Nagpur: Friday, June 15, 2018.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the city police to furnish status report of the preliminary enquiry against police personnel, who have been slapped with offences for abetting the suicide of gym trainer James Joseph alias Prakash Jarwar.
In its order in the first week of June, NHRC has asked police to submit the report within six weeks.
James, a popular gym trainer in north Nagpur, committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Martin Nagar on April 25. He took the drastic decision after being allegedly thrashed twice by constable Ajay Madavi at his workplace at the instance of woman cop Bridgette James. Ajay and Bridgette, along with her mother Jyoti, were booked for abetment to commit suicide by Jaripatka police.
Activist Ankita Shah, representing James’ mother Elizabeth as her counsel in the high court, had approached NHRC claiming lackadaisical approach of the city police in the case. Shah said police did not even arrest the accused cops even as there was a charge of destruction of evidence, along with suicide abetment.
She pointed out several loopholes in the case by the cops to shield their colleagues and the mother of one of them.
Shah said the cops have remained so casual in the case that the zonal DCP did not even bother to appear before NHRC despite being summoned to submit the investigation report.
“The senior cops did not even bother to appear before the State Information Commission when summoned after their earlier decision to deny me the reports prepared against the three accused in the case under the RTI Act,” she said.
Police, in their earlier reply before NHRC, claimed that they could not arrest the accused as the court had already granted them anticipatory bail. The police department also claimed that there was no need to transfer the case to the crime branch or state CID as the charge sheet has been already filed.