Police Officers Suspended In Connection With A Minor Girl’s Death Case
Itanagar: Two police officers have reportedly been suspended in connection with a minor girl’s death case in the residence of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA on May 20.
Capital SP Tumme Amo informed that the officer in-charge (OC) and investigating officer (IO) of the case of the minor girl, who allegedly committed suicide in Janata Dal (United) legislator Techi Kaso’s Borum village residence, have been suspended following a departmental inquiry conducted against them.
The body of the victim girl from Assam’s Lakhimpur, who died under mysterious circumstances and was buried without a post-mortem or autopsy, was exhumed on June 8 following the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)’s directive. An FIR was filed only on June 1 after a team of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the NCPCR investigated the matter.
“The IO should have registered a case and post-mortem should have been conducted,” SP Amo said adding that the matter was also not brought to the notice of the magistrate or to the SP as they came to know about it from the media only.
“I got an inquiry conducted against the IO and OC by the SDPO Itanagar and DySP (Headquarters). Also I issued show cause notices to the officers on June 13 to explain why action shouldn’t be taken against them,” the SP said, adding that basing on the reply and the inquiry report both the officers have been put under suspension.
As per law there was clear cut violation of section 174 of CrPC (investigation of unnatural deaths under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure) by the OC and IO and I have suspended both the officers, the SP said.
Notably, NCPCR had summoned SP Amo to New Delhi on June 19 in connection with the minor girl’s death case. Meanwhile, the SP informed that one person has been arrested in connection with the case. He said as per the CCTV footage and his confession the arrested person was in relationship with the deceased. The minor girl death case is being investigated by a deputy SP rank officer and the case of IO and OC has been transferred to SIT, PHQ, the SP added.