‘My son was ragged, tor­tured & sex­u­ally as­saulted at party’

Cop Dad Writes To Po­lice Chief; Crime Branch To Probe Aarey Mur­der

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ni­tasha.Natu@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of the 21-year-old son of a po­lice in­spec­tor at Royal Palms in Aarey Colony was trans­ferred to unit 11 of the crime branch on Thurs­day after his par­ents ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion into the probe con­ducted by the Aarey po­lice. In a six-page let­ter to the Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner on Wed­nes­day, the fa­ther claimed his son was ragged, tor­tured and sex­u­ally as­saulted. He has de­manded that all 30 young­sters who were at the birth­day party be “ar­rested for mur­der” and lie-de­tec­tor tests be con­ducted on them.

The 21-year-old’s body was found next to a lake, half a kilo­me­tre from the vil­las where he had at­tended a birth­day bash of a Marathi film pro­ducer’s daugh­ter. While his body was found on May 9, foren­sic ex­perts es­ti­mated that he died the pre­vi­ous day. There were con­tu­sions on his ribs and lungs and lac­er­a­tions on his pri­vate parts.

“It’s been nine days since my son’s death but there has been no break­through in the case. I’m con­vinced that what­ever hap­pened was within the con­fines of bungalow no. 212 where the party was held. Young­sters who at­tended the party are sus­pects and I have men­tioned the names of all 30 of them in my let­ter,” the fa­ther told TOI. The youth had at­tended the birth­day party with a fe­male friend and didn’t know the other guests. His fa­ther said his fe­male friend got her­self ad­mit­ted in the ICCU of a pri­vate hospi­tal after the in­ci­dent. “She can give ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion of what hap­pened there, but is mis­lead­ing the po­lice. CCTV footage shows her and two other boys fol­low him out of the prop­erty, when he tried to run for his life,” the fa­ther claimed.

After his son failed to re­turn home from the party and his phone was switched off, the po­lice in­spec­tor per­son­ally con­ducted a search for him at Royal Palms and also roped in the film pro­ducer. “The in­juries- ...sus­tained can­not be caused by self harm. The line of in­ves­ti­ga­tion adopted by the Aarey po­lice is not in con­fir­mity with pro­ce­dure laid down....in­stead of book­ing the cul­prits, they are try­ing to pro­tect them as they are in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. I do not hold any grudge against Aarey po­lice of­fi­cers,” the fa­ther stated in the let­ter to the po­lice com­mis­sioner. “The ques­tion­naire for­warded by the Aarey po­lice to the foren­sic doc­tor in­volves one-sided ques­tions for shield­ing the cul­prits. It states that my son did not sleep for three days, was ex­posed to the sun and had de­hy­dra­tion, whether he was ad­dicted to drugs etc. The in­ves­ti­gat­ing team has put forth its own the­o­ries, pre­sump­tions and is be­ing judg­men­tal to con­clude that the in­juries sus­tained could be self in­flicted. The sus­pects have not un­der­gone any phys­i­cal med­i­cal exam.”

The let­ter added: “The Aarey po­lice lacks ad­e­quate man­power, re­sources, in­for­mants and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to ar­rive at a log­i­cal con­clu­sion...Their shoddy in­ves­ti­ga­tion has al­ready de­stroyed vi­tal ev­i­dence from the crime scene.”

The youth’s body was found near a lake in Aarey Colony on May 9

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