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Court recommends Chhattisgarh home secretary for probe against former IO Kumeti, ex-SHO Rathore for sheer negligence in investigating 2018 murder case

Raipur Munaadi:

A local court in Raipur on Wednesday recommended the home department of Chhattisgarh state to order probe against the then investigating officer (IO) and station house officer (SHO) for their sheer negligence in investigating a murder case occurred in the year 2018.

 The court of second additional judge to the court of first additional and sessions judge Suresh Joon has ordered probe against the then IO Laxman Kumeti and SHO Ashwani Rathore for negligence in investigating murder case reported at a village under Vidhan Sabha police station limits in Raipur district.

The court recommended to send a court order to the Home Secretary of Chhattisgarh and inform the court regarding the conclusion of the probe against the police officers, the judge further said.

The judge observed that the then investigating officer Kumeti had done poor investigation to benefit the murder accused while the evidence in the murder case was not properly observed while presenting the final report by the SHO Rathore.

In October 2018, the complainant Kishore Ratre lodged a case that the mutilated body of one Parmanand Chaturvedi was found near a pond on the outskirts of Sakri village under Vidhan Sabha police station limits.

Police lodged murder case under section 302, 120 (B) read with section 201 of the IPC was registered and started probe.

Police arrested Paramanand’s relatives, Phoolbatiya Chaturvedi (81), Bhagwati Chaturvedi (31) and four others including Umashankar Dhritlahre (33), Kailash Dhritlahre (27), Dharmendra Jangade (30) and Harish Patel (45) on murder charges after investigation.

As per the police’s final report memorandum, the accused Bhagwati had property dispute with Parmanand and she had given a contract of Rs 1,50,000 to her relatives Umashankar for killing Parmanand. Parmanand was Bhagwati’s nephew.

The judge found that police failed to establish links regarding property dispute between Bhagwati and Parmanand. Besides, police could not establish that all the accused had killed Parmanand after getting a contract of Rs 1,50,000 in their final report memorandum.

During the hearing, the judge acquitted the six accused including an 81-year-old elderly woman and five others from murder charges.



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