Cop dad al­leges ‘shoddy’ probe

ATHARVA MUR­DER CASE TRANS­FERRED TO CRIME BRANCH AF­TER...

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - DI­WAKAR SHARMA “My son was sub­jected to phys­i­cal abuse and tor­ture in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault. These in­juries are self-ex­plana­tory and can­not be self-in­flicted,” says Atharva’s fa­ther and se­nior in­spec­tor of Eco­nomic and Of­fences Wing (EOW) Naren­dra Shinde

The mur­der case of Atharva Shinde was trans­ferred to Crime Branch on Thurs­day af­ter the de­ceased’s fa­ther and se­nior in­spec­tor of Eco­nomic and Of­fences Wing (EOW) Naren­dra Shinde wrote a six-page let­ter to Com­mis­sioner of Mum­bai Police, Datta Pad­sal­gikar, al­leg­ing that the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ‘shoddy’.

In his let­ter, Naren­dra de­manded ‘cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion’ of all the young­sters who had at­tended the birth­day party on May 7 night at bun­ga­low num­ber 212 of Royal Palms.

The Aarey police reg­is­tered a mur­der case against un­known per­son and ques­tioned all the boys and girls who at­tended a girl’s party. Atharva (20) did not re­turn home on May 7 as the party went on till May 8 morn­ing.

The bat­tered body of Atharva was re­cov­ered by his fa­ther near a lake on May 9 morn­ing in Royal Palms of Aarey Colony.

“I was not sat­is­fied with the prove by Aarey police sta­tion. It (in­ves­ti­ga­tion) was shoddy. Police have not got any break­through in the case. I have de­manded cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion of all the peo­ple who at­tended the party,” Naren­dra told the Free Press Jour­nal.

“In the let­ter, I have given the list of peo­ple who at­tended the party. I am sure his fe­male friend knows ev­ery- thing but she is mis­lead­ing the police say­ing that she can­not re­call what hap­pened at the party. An­other prime sus­pect is a boy who was last seen at spot. To me, the case seems to be homi­cide,” said Naren­dra, who has re­quested the com­mis­sioner to con- duct all the tests in­clud­ing narco anal­y­sis, brain map­ping and poly­graph test on them to re­veal the truth.

“The in­juries can­not be due to self­in­flicted but cer­tainly due to ex­ter­nal force or heavy blows that led to his brutal death. These facts I re­li­ably un­der­stand have not been taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by the Aarey police sta­tion dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” reads the let­ter.

“From the post-mortem re­port it seems that it is not nat­u­ral and is homi­ci­dal. My son was sub­jected to phys­i­cal abuse and tor­ture in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault. These in­juries are self-ex­plana­tory and can­not be self­in­flected as be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the police to­tally dis­re­gard­ing the cru­cial ev­i­dence which can lead to book the cul­prit,” the let­ter reads.

“Af­ter be­ing as­saulted and abused sex­u­ally, he tried to run away from the bun­ga­low on May 8 morn­ing. He was there­after fol­lowed by one boy ac­com­pa­nied by his fe­male friend and an­other boy as seen in the CCTV cam­era footage,” said Naren­dra in the let­ter.

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