Bhubaneswar, Sept 29 (LocalWire): Orissa Human Rights Commission has asked two police officers in Bargarh district to furnish a report for arresting two people on charges of murdering a minor, who was later found to be alive.
The Rights panel acting on a batch of petitions had earlier ordered the crime branch to probe the much-publicised case that put police in a tight spot.
The crime branch in its report submitted to the Rights Panel that they found Deputy Superintendent of Police, LN Panda and Inspector PK Karna, negligent of their duties as they had filed a murder chargesheet against the arrest duo although no murder was committed.
The incident laid bare the poor and inept investigation by the police leading to the arrest of two innocent persons being booked for murder.
Police had declared an ‘alive’ minor dead, thereby causing immense mental agony to the family members of the accused.
Jitu Dandsana, a native of Piplipali village under Paikmal police station was untraceable since 7 December, 2016 and his parents lodged a complaint.
Following the complaint, police swung into action and arrested Halu Gurla and Raghab Naik of Bargarh town for murder of Jitu on 22 October, 2017.
But Jitu returned home on 8 May 2018.
The beleaguered police dropped the murder charge slapped against the duo and the court gave them bail.
The Rights panel acting on a petition moved by Bijoy Kumar Panda, Biswapriya Kanungo and Chandranath Dani directed the accused police officers to furnish their stand on the negligence.
Before initiating coercive action, the police officers are being given the scope of defence in accordance with natural justice system, OHRC member Ashim Amitabh Dash adjudicating the matter, observed.