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Namdev kin blame stress
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Mumbai, July 15: Raj Namdev’s father today repeated before a magistrate that it was the police system and the working conditions in the Central Industrial Security Force that drove his son to kill his senior, A.R. Karanjikar.

Namdev, 22, had on May 24 shot at and killed Karanjikar, a commandant with the CISF, at an enclosure in Sahar international airport.

Sources said Namdev’s parents told magistrate D.A. Joshi that it was the extreme stress level in the force that had driven his son to become a killer. They also alleged that Karanjikar was “not good with the junior colleagues and was rude and arrogant”.

Namdev’s family had earlier charged the investigating police team with fudging their statement. They had said the police not only recorded their statements in Marathi — not their native language — but also refused to read it out to them later. The magistrate today recorded their statement in English. This was in consonance with the sessions court’s view that allegations of the police’s high-handedness had to be taken seriously.

The court has deferred the bail plea of Namdev to July 31.

The CISF jawan has urged for bail, saying he is not a criminal “but a disgusted employee whose terms of service conditions were stringent”.

Namdev has also said he killed his senior as he was deprived of concessions and was in an “impulsive mood, full of rage”.

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