In connection with the 'missing' case of a 19-year-old youth from Uttarkashi who allegedly jumped into the Ganga river after eluding police custody, the Pauri Garhwal police late on Thursday registered an FIR against two cops.
Dehradun: In connection with the ‘missing’ case of a 19-year-old youth from Uttarkashi who allegedly jumped into the Ganga river after eluding police custody, the Pauri Garhwal police late on Thursday registered an FIR against former Lakshman Jhula police station in-charge Santosh Singh Kunwar and Tapovan police sub-post in-charge Aashish Sharma on charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement.
On November 2, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (Pauri Garhwal) Ravi Prakash gave instructions to file an FIR for “suspicious role” against the two police officials regarding the matter.
The Agniveer aspirant Kedar Singh Bhandari left his house in Uttarkashi on August 18 in order to take part in the recruiting rally in Kotdwar two days later. The victim checked into a Tapovan hotel on August 21.
“The victim’s elder brother Gambhir received a call on August 22 at about 11.30 am informing him that Kedar was taken into custody at the Tapon police sub-post. Gambhir arrived the same day, but the cops said his sibling was not there. While everything was going on, the victim’s father informed Gambhir that he received a call from then-SHO Santosh Singh Kunwar that Kedar had jumped into the Ganga after eluding police custody. He went to Lakshman Jhula police on August 26 to submit a complaint, but his case was rejected “as per the FIR.”
In accordance with Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the victim’s father applied to the court for instructions on how to register an FIR.
On October 3, the victim’s father had a meeting with Uttarakhand’s director general of police, Ashok Kumar, seeking justice for his son. On the same day, Kunwar was removed from his post, and ADGP (law and order) V Murugeshan ordered DIG (Garhwal) Karan Singh Nagnyal to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.