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Bhiwandi suicide: Chargesheet filed against cops who assaulted victim

Boy hung himself inside his home over fear of returning to the police station and died 20 days later.

Written by Srinath Raghvendra Rao | Mumbai |
April 6, 2015 2:16:46 am

Bhiwandi suicide, minor boy, assault, minor boy assault, mumbai news, city news, local news, mumbai newslineThe Thane Police Crime Branch last month chargesheeted two police constables who had assaulted a minor boy inside a police station in Bhiwandi in June 2014 and released him with instructions to return the next day. The boy hung himself inside his home over fear of returning to the police station and died 20 days later.

The suspended constables, Dheeraj Khairmode and Jalindar Bhojane, however, have not been charged with abetting suicide, but only with wrongful confinement and assaulting the boy in order to extract a confession. After the constables successfully petitioned the Bombay High Court in July 2014 and were granted anticipatory bail, the police struck off the abetment of suicide charge. 16-year-old Babu Thakre, an illiterate boy living in the Mithpada locality, was picked on June 20, 2014 after the constables received a tip-off that a man named Babu Kalya had stolen 2.5 kg of gold.


Babu was released that evening after his elder brothers Chander Thakre, Raju Thakre and a local social activist came to the police station. According to the chargesheet, Babu had complained of pain in his chest that night and attempted suicide in his home the next day after Chander told him that it was time to go to the police station. He passed away at a local hospital on July 7, 2014.

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The Crime Branch has examined 27 witnesses, including Babu’s brothers, neighbours and policemen posted at the Nizampura police station. The chargesheet was submitted to the Bhiwandi Court on March 9. The constables are charged with several procedural lapses from the moment of Babu’s detention to his release on June 20, 2014.

“The accused did not make an entry in the police station diary while bringing the deceased into the police station,” the chargehseet reads, thus leaving no record that Babu had been detained for investigation.

The chargesheet also records Nizampura Senior Inspector S D Langhe instructing the constables to investigate Babu’s alleged involvement in the crime and take appropriate action. “The accused did not record statements of the deceased. They did not conduct any investigation or submit any written report to the senior inspector before allowing his older brother to take him home,” the chargehseet reads.

The Crime Branch has recorded statements of a sub-inspector and a constable who were responsible for updating the station diary on June 20, 2014, besides annexing photocopies of the diary for that day.

The diary has no mention of Babu Thakre being brought to the police station. In addition, the constable in charge of the station diary told the Crime Branch, “No policeman brought Babu Thakre in front of me that day,” he said in his statement.

Babu’s brother Chander, and a 35-year-old social activist have also told the Crime Branch the constables had handcuffed the boy to a chair inside the detection room, clearly violating the Juvenile Justice Act. “When I entered the room, Babu was seated on a chair and crying, and one of his hands was handcuffed to one of the arms of the chair. The policemen uncuffed him in front of me,” the social activist said in his statement.

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