Cops refuse to reg­is­ter FIR af­ter 14-yr-old loses hand

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Eleven days af­ter a 14-year-old boy lost his right hand while work­ing in a com­pany in Pawane, the Ra­bale MIDC po­lice have re­fused to reg­is­ter a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) against the com­pany owner.

Lavkush Gaud, a na­tive of Rae­bareli in Ut­tar Pradesh, lost his hand when he was putting pa­pers in a punch­ing and print­ing machine. The hand got stuck inside the machine and got sev­ered near the wrist. He was later ad­mit­ted to KEM hos­pi­tal in Mum­bai.

On Fri­day, his par­ents along with some mem­bers of Navi Mum­bai child­line cen­tre went to the po­lice sta­tion for reg­is­ter­ing an FIR. How­ever, the on duty po­lice of­fi­cers re­peat­edly told them they will have to talk to the com­pany owner first.

“The po­lice also made a wrong state­ment. While the boy is 14-year-old, they men­tioned his age 20. We also have a copy of his birth cer­tifi­cate,” said Shobha Murthy, head of the child­line cen­tre.

“Sec­ond, in the state­ment they have men­tioned that the boy was clean­ing the machine. Un­in­ten­tion­ally, he presses the but­ton and the machine started and thus he lost his hand. This is an ut­ter lie. The boy was or­dered to put pa­pers in the run­ning machine and thus he met with the ac­ci­dent,” she added.

The boy of­fi­cially signs in English as he stud­ied till Class 8. Af­ter los­ing his right hand, he could have done the same with his left hand.

“The po­lice, how­ever, held his left hand and made him sign in Hindi. We have no idea why the made him sign in Hindi in a state­ment with so many fac­tual mis­takes. The state­ment was writ­ten in Marathi. The boy agreed to sign on it as he does not un­der­stand that lan­guage,” Murthy added.

The po­lice of­fi­cers were also re­peat­edly re­mind­ing them the Rs2,000 the com­pany had given the fam­ily in hos­pi­tal.

“We think the po­lice are hand in glove with the com­pany owner. If they do not reg­is­ter an FIR till Saturday, we will ap­proach the po­lice com­mis­sioner and will ask for a clar­i­fi­ca­tion. We are also plan­ning to meet the labour com­mis­sioner on Mon­day,” Murthy said.

When Hin­dus­tan Times tried to con­tact C Katkar, senior po­lice in­spec­tor of Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion, he did not an­swer the phone. He also did not re­ply to the text mes­sages.

Prashant Khaire, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1), said, “I will per­son­ally look into the mat­ter and will do what­ever is re­quired for the fam­ily to get jus­tice.”

THE ON-DUTY PO­LICE OF­FI­CERS RE­PEAT­EDLY TOLD THEM THEY WILL HAVE TO TALK TO THE COM­PANY OWNER FIRST.

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