The 62-year-old man was allegedly killed inside the police station
Vadodara: They were present during the inquiry initiated against them after a 62-year-old Sheikh Babu Nishar died in their custody at Fatehgunj police station. But the sudden disappearance of the six accused cops after being booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, has raised questions about the laxity shown by the city police in arresting them immediately.
All the six accused, including police inspector D B Gohil, went into hiding on the day the Fatehgunj police registered FIR against them on July 6. While the police department has formed four teams to track them down, many believe that the investigators showed leniency for the accused.
“It is a serious offence and hence it was expected that the accused cops may disappear if they are booked. Their movements should have been monitored when the FIR was getting registered against them,” said a senior police official.
“They all have worked in the Fatehgunj police station, so some cop from there tipped them off. It’s an embarrassing situation for the police as many would believe that the accused were allowed to disappear as they are policemen,” the official said.
ACP SG Patil, who has filed FIR against the accused, said, “Though the FIR was registered, the accused may not have been arrested immediately. It was the investigating officer’s discretion if he wanted to gather more evidence or make immediate arrests.”
But this isn’t for the first time that the city police is under scanner. In June last year, probationary sub-inspector, SV Chudasama was booked for attempt to murder by Makarpura police three days after he ‘accidentally’ opened fire from his gun at Simit Prajapati, a resident of Makarpura. Chudasama disappeared after getting treated in a hospital. Investigators argued that they were waiting for forensic reports. Chudasama remained absconding for eight months and re-joined his service after the Gujarat high court gave him anticipatory bail in February this year.
Former inspector D K Rao, who was booked for accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000 by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) last year remained underground even after his anticipatory bail was rejected in July last year.
Rao moved court in September 2019 to get his arrest warrant cancelled but ACB sleuths present there didn’t nab him. It was only during the second hearing the next day that Rao was arrested in the courtroom.