CID probe demanded into tribal`s murder

A CID probe was on Wednesday demanded into alleged murder of a tribal.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 13:50 PM IST

Thane: A CID probe was on Wednesday
demanded into alleged murder of a tribal who was chained for
over one month and later beaten to death by his employer for
allegedly not able to refund a loan Rs 6,000 in Sahapur taluka
of the district.

Accusing the district police of tardy investigation,
Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit on Wednesday said the DSP never bothered to
look into the serious issue which resulted into the death of
35-year-old Jhipru Mukane.

The tribal was allegedly beaten and later locked in a
small room by his employers Balu Chowdhari, a brick kiln owner
and his son Ganesh in Shere village, on October 27, according
to a complaint lodged by his wife Jayabai.

Pandit in a representation to the State Home Minister
R R Patil on Wednesday demanded a CID probe into the entire episode
as he said a number of police personnel besides the doctors
were also a party to hushing up the matter.

He said local police swung in action only after the
Bombay High Court taking suo motu notice of the incident.

The police had charged the accused trio, namely Balu
Chowdhary and his sons Ganesh and Bunty under sections 302
(murder), 306 (abetment of suicide) and 374 (unlawful
compulsory labour) of IPC along with sections 16 and 17 of the
Atrocities Act.

According to Jayabai, wife of the victim, local police
did not file FIR despite her repeated pleas.

On November 12, she saw Jhipru locked in a small room
where he could barely lie down, his hands and feet were
chained and there were bruises all over his body, she alleged.

She pleaded for his release with the duo but they
refused and drove her away.

Jayabai then went to Vashind police station to lodge a
complaint but police allegedly refused to take it down stating
that she should wait for her husband to return.

On November 22 night, two constables from Vashind
informed her about the death of her husband. The body of
Jhipru was also not handed over to her, she alleged.

DSP Rajesh Kumar Mor when contacted said he was not
aware of the incident and would find out details and revert.

Meanwhile, Pandit said the victim was taken to a
private hospital of Dr Shailendra Kamble at Bhiwandi for
treatment by one of the accused, as he was badly wounded.

The tribal died while undergoing treatment on Nov 20,
Pandit said, adding that the role of the private doctor and
the postmortem conducted at CS Hospital in Kalwa town was
highly suspicious.

Pandit further said that the tribal was not only
chained and locked in the dark room but was brutally tortured
by the accused.

Meanwhile, sources said Jhipru had defaulted payment
of Rs 8500 to the accused.

The MLA also informed that he would meet R R Patil
along with the widow of the victim to bring to his notice
glaring lapses on part of local police.

PTI