21 January 2020
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: True goes the saying that the police work in mysterious ways, on one hand, a youth is being booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC for slapping his girlfriend who happens to be an ASI, on the other hand, three persons accused of assaulting a Sikh man with stones in police presence have minor charges framed against them.
In the first context, the youth had to spend 21 days behind bars, while the three accused in the second case walked free after securing bail within a few hours of their arrest.
The youth identified as Asutosh Das had been arrested on September 16 last year for slapping his girlfriend, a trainee ASI at the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy.
Das alleged that the girl was in a relationship with him for the last four years and had taken many expensive gifts from him including his mother's necklace. A few months after getting the job, she expressed her intention to sever the relationship.
On September 15, 2019, Das met her near the academy and asked her to return all the expensive gifts, to which she got furious and slapped him. As Das slapped her in return, he was thrashed by locals and later the girl lodged an FIR at Khandagiri Police Station.
Subsequently, Das was arrested and booked under various sections of the IPC and IT Act, including section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC. He was forwarded to court on September 17, 2019, and was jailed for 21 days.
What baffles one is, on what grounds the police not press Section 307 of the IPC while framing charges on the assaulters of Parvinder Pal Singh, who was brutally attacked on January 14, 2020, with bricks and stones on his head and face which could have led to a loss of life or permanent impairment.
The three accused in this case, Sankar Rout, Deepak Mohanty and Deepak Jena secured bail from the SDJM's court within few hours of their arrest. Further, the charges framed against them are believed to be minor in nature.
However, after this story was posted in OMMCOM NEWS, the Commissionerate Police came up with a clarification that the lady ASI was seriously attacked by the accused for which she had to be admitted to AIIMS for 3 days and that invited putting IPC Section 307 against the accused.
Moreover, the Police have given telephonic conversation as evidence that the accused was constantly threatening the lady ASI of dire consequences.
Victim When She Was Admitted To AIIMS Hospital
Support For Parvinder Comes From All Corners
While Parvinder belongs to the Sikh community, people rising above their religious beliefs have come forward demanding justice of him. One such protest in Parvinder's support was held in Cuttack today where the agitators questioned the police action.
An agitator identified as Chintu Singh Sabarwal said the persons responsible for the attack on Parbinder should be punished as per law. "Is it correct that a person is attacked in front of the police? What happened with him may occur with me also. The police have not done their job properly or they have been pressurized, they know it better," he added.
Another agitator Debashish Ghosh said people are being booked under Section 307 even for pelting stones or eggs or tomatoes but the accused who attempted to kill a person of the Sikh community in the presence of police is being welcomed.
"The police are doing the job of a mediator. I want to question that on what power did a DSP who is not under Commissionerate Police visit the house of Parvinder. All the accused have also not been arrested till date. They should be booked under section 307 and the DSP should be dismissed," he added.