Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Facing flak from court, police transfer case to women’s cell

Facing flak from court, police transfer case to women’s cell

NEW DELHI: With Prasad Nagar police station facing flak for poor handling of the siblings sex abuse case, the central district police have decided to transfer the case to the womens' cell of the district. They will also write to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) to assign an independent member who will assist the investigations, claimed sources in the central district deputy commissioner of police's office.

The decision comes after a local court directed the police to assign a senior police officer, along with the investigating officer, in the shocking gangrape and sodomy case so that all the accused are apprehended at the earliest.
Sources in the police said the victims and their mother met DCP (central) Jaspal Singh late on Monday night and demanded the case be handed over to the CBI or the crime branch for a ''fair inquiry''.

However, when Times City contacted him on Tuesday, Singh refused to say much.

''We are doing the needful. We cannot comment on an investigation where both the accused and the victims are mostly minors. Once a rape case is registered, it cannot be annulled, not even if the victim's party apply for it unless the court agrees to it. We are trying to ascertain the identity of the two other accused as we did not find anyone with that name studying in Class IX of that school,'' said the officer.

However, Subhas Nagaar, the social worker who helped the victims' mother lodge the case, said: ''It's true that the identity of one of the absconding minors is difficult to establish as he does not study in the same public school where the victims' studied. But the other accused is the son of a teacher in the same school. We have information that this minor is attending school every day."

Nagar added: "As for the other accused, they are all residents of Karol Bagh and their families own successful businesses in the area. There is an obvious attempt to cover up the incident by only projecting the driver as a monster.''

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