Delhi court asks police to probe sepoy`s death

A local court has directed Delhi Police to ensure an independent probe into the death of a soldier due to burn injuries at his in-laws` house.

New Delhi: A local court has directed Delhi Police to ensure an independent probe into the death of a soldier due to burn injuries at his in-laws` house.

The mother of Jitender Tomar, who was a sepoy in the Jat Regiment, had sought a probe into the unnatural death alleging it could be a result of troubled relationship with his wife and in-laws.

The court also pulled up the police for "shamelessly" putting Tomar`s mother to the "ignominy of getting arrested" in an FIR registered against her for allegedly subjecting her daughter-in-law to cruelty and criminal breach of trust and "thereby throttle her voice of dissent".

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma passed the order on an appeal filed by Tomar`s mother Sushila Devi.

The court directed that "the matter be placed before the DCP concerned who shall ensure that the investigation is handed over to an independent agency to bring out the entire truth..."

The appeal was filed against an order of a magisterial court refusing to direct registration of FIR and probe Tomar`s death. The complainant had sought police probe into the possible hand of her daughter-in-law and her family in his death.

The judge set aside the magistrate`s order which he said suffered from "patent illegality or impropriety".

He also said, "The police have failed to investigate or inquire into the call record of the deceased with regard to last information sent by him to his mother and the copies of the SMS texts attributed to deceased would prima facie show that there were persistent efforts on the part of accused persons to drag the deceased to commit suicide or bring about such a situation."

PTI