By MANOJ CHAURASIA
PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has gone on saying all along that “Hamari police na kisi ko fasanti hai, na kisi ko bachati hai (My police neither implicate nor shield anyone)”.
However, it remains an altogether different story on the ground. In the past few months, the Patna police have arrested at least two persons, including a minor, on the charges which were later found to be fake during the course of investigation. The result was that the arrested persons had to remain in jail for months for no crime!
In a fresh incident, a young man had to stay in jail for a false case filed against him out of sheer of business rivalry. The victim was associated with “Super 30”, a free coaching institute which has transformed the life of hundreds of unprivileged children in India, and many believe it was done under a serious conspiracy to tarnish the image of the free coaching institute so that the poor could suffer.
Police arrested Jitendra Kumar— a volunteer monitoring the lodging and fooding works of the 30 poor students shortlisted by the institute every year for their free-of-cost education so that they could crack the prestigious IIT-JEE examination—from the coaching premises in July this year on the basis of an email complaint filed by one Sujit Kumar Singh.
In the complaint, the accused was charged with posting “objectionable” comment on the Facebook wall of Singh against a former Bihar Director General of Police (DGP). Within no time, the police slapped various serious sections under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), such as IT Act and Arms Act on the 28 year-old youth and forwarded him to jail without taking the pain to inquire into the complaint.
Reports said when “Super 30” founder Anand Kumar reached the local police with the request to explain his innocence in the case, the police not only booked him too in a case but also allegedly misbehaved with him but he didn’t lose patient.
In the next few weeks, Kumar met several police officials and explained the innocence of the victim before them. After his fervent appeals, a special investigation was finally ordered into the case. During the course of investigation, the police found the case “fake” as it couldn’t establish that the accused had posted the alleged objectionable comment. This led his release from jail last week.
“Well he is out on bail but how will the police department compensate for his ordeal and mental trauma he had to undergo in jail for three months?” asked his lawyer Manish Shanker.
Reports said the fake case was filed under a conspiracy to damage the reputation of the free coaching institute and also its founder at a time when a biopic drama film is being made on the life of the mathematician and his educational programme. The film being directed by Vikas Bahl features Hrithik Roshan and Mrunal Thakur.
This is the second time in quick succession that the police in Bihar have come under fire for ulterior motive. Earlier this year a minor Dalit boy was implicated in a bike robbery case and sent to jail for refusing free vegetables to the local cops.
The minor boy’s life turned into a veritable hell just after he refused to give free jackfruit to some Patna policemen one day.
Reports said the cops from a police station in Patna had been allegedly extorting fresh green vegetables from a vegetable seller Sukan Paswan who sells it on hand-driven cart on the streets of Patna.
The “daily routine” got broken one day on March 19 this year when Paswan was not present at his shop and in his absence his son identified as Pankaj Kumar refused to give vegetables to the cops free of cost, infuriating the cops. Soon he was arrested on fake robbery charges and sent to jail.
Subsequently, he petitioned the local police officials seeking justice but as none came to his rescue, he finally shot off a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar who ordered an investigation in the case and asked the police to submit the report within two days.
It was during the investigation that the whole case was found to be fake, leading to the release of the minor boy from jail. The boy remained in jail for over three months for no fault of his.
Courtesy: The Statesman