Lady cops’ suicide: CID files FIR against Ghatanji PSO
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 21:34
Yavatmal: The State Crime Investigation Department (CID) has filed an FIR before the district court against the PSO of Ghatanji, Hariganesh Narayan Wandile in connection with the suicide of a lady constable Asha Haribhau Wankhede.

The FIR was filed yesterday after completion of the probe into the suicide case, police said and added that it has accused Wandile of harassing Asha that led her to commit suicide. According to the CID sources, the investigating officer Trambak Thotawar (Dy.SP) has found Wandile responsible for the Asha's suicide. The accused is currently attached to the office of the District Police Superintendent.

The backdrop of the case was that Asha, a resident of Patipura of the city was posted at Ghatanji police station on May 17, 2007 and was joined her duty in Ghatanji police station under the control of the accused Hariganesh Wandile.

The accused has allegedly used abusive language against Asha and harassed her continuously. She has, then, contacted the then SP Abdur Rehman and requested him to transfer her from Ghatanji to elsewhere as Wandile was indulging in harassing her on silly reasons. The SP did not pay any attention to her request and she could not bear Wandile's harassment anymore.

Finally, she proceeded on leave and on November 1, 2007, and committed suicide in her house in Patipura by consuming poison. She has left behind a suicide note alleging that Wandile was solely responsible for her suicide.

The SP Abdur Rehman, then ordered a departmental enquiry by the Additional SP Kailas Kanse into the circumstances that led to Asha's suicide and on receiving his report, a criminal offence, under Section 306 of IPC, was registered against Wandile. However, his arrest could not be made as Wandile managed to get an anticipatory bail from the High Court.

The detail enquiry was then conducted by the SDPO Tidke of Pandharkawda and later the investigation was handed over to the State Crime Branch for further investigation. Wandile was initially suspended from the service but he managed to cancel the suspension order from Mantralaya and returned to service and is currently attached to the SP office.

The CID Inspector Thotewar has recorded the statements of the parents and family members of Asah and they have alleged that PSO Wandile was responsible for her suicide and demanded stringent punishment to him.

However, Hariganesh Wandile has denied all the allegations and informed the CID officer that he has sent a confidential report to his higher authority about Asha's behaviour and willful absence from her duty. He said that the lady constable was vindictive and hence committed suicide by leaving a suicide note deliberately against him. He pleaded innocence before the investigating officer.

The suicide note and the statements Asha's kin including her parents have helped the investigating authority to finger at Wandile and accordingly an FIR is filed before the CJM court.


First Published: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 21:34

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