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ACJM Starts Case Against Police For Detaining Girl Illegally

2016-12-29 22:11

ACJM Sanghamitra Poddar


Ranaghat, Dec. 29: Additional chief judicial magistrate of Ranaghat Sanghamitra Poddar today started a case against officer in charge of Hanshkhali police station Anindya Bose, a sub inspector and two other police officers for the alleged ‘unlawful’ detention of a 22 year old girl for five days and for ‘extortion attempt’ from her father to get her released.

Taking cognizance of a ‘court complaint’ lodged before her by the girl’s father Gobinda Biswas of Mayurhat-Bilpara, the ACJM, who personally conducted a spot inquiry on the allegation paying a surprise visit to the police station yesterday and eventually recovered the girl, today initiated the case against the three police officers under section 341 (wrongful restraint), 384/511 (extortion attempt), 166 (disobeying law with intent to cause injury), 166a (disobeying direction under law).

Section 384 is a non bailable section.

If proved guilty the officers get a maximum punishment up to three years.

The two other accused police officers are identified as Sibsankar Pal, a sub inspector in charge of the Bogula police outpost and Tapas Bose, an assistant sub inspector of police, who was allegedly led the police team on the night of December 23 to Govinda Biswas’s home and allegedly picked up the girl.

The ACJM would hear the case again on January 6.

Nadia Superintendent of Police did not take calls for his comment. He also did not respond to the text messages sent to his official cell number.

The accused officers also refused to make any comment.

The ACJM’s today’s initiative came late in the afternoon following the OC Hanshkhali submitted his reply to the show cause notice served to him by the court yesterday.

Lawyer Debasish Chakraborty, who moved the complaint of the girl’s father, said: “This is an unusual case initiated by the ACJM herself on the basis of his complaint filed before her by the girl’s father under section 200 of the CrPC. The ACJM personally examined the veracity of the complaint and then taken its cognizance and initiated the probe against the police officers. Like the usual police cases, this case will not be investigated by the police, rather it will be investigated and examined in open court by the judge herself based on the deposition and evidences both by the complaint and accused and their concerned witnesses”. 

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