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Pipili cop in more trouble

Cuttack, May 9: The Odisha CID-Crime Branch will soon file a chargesheet against former inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Pipili police station Amulya Kumar Champatiray for criminal liability in connection with the plight of the alleged Pipili gangrape victim.

In an affidavit filed in the Orissa High Court today, deputy superintendent of police (CID-CB) Ramesh Chandra Sethi said: “Criminal liability against A.K. Champatiray is prima facie well made out to submit chargesheet against him under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Hence it is proposed to submit a chargesheet against him in the next few days.”

The court was monitoring the investigation into the alleged incident and treatment of the victim on a petition seeking proper inquiry, proper treatment at the expense of the Odisha government and rehabilitation along with compensation.

Sethi, who is the investigating officer in the case, said Champatiray had “acted callously” in not entering the information obtained in writing from Babuli Behera (the victim’s father) on November 30 last year in the station diary entry book and “slept over the matter for which the case created hue and cry in the state”.

The father of the victim had submitted a written report saying that he had found his daughter lying unconscious with a neck injury early on November 29 last year in a field of her village Arjungoda.

No criminal act was alleged against any person. But the father was aggrieved that doctors were not attending to his daughter properly because he was a Dalit.

Sethi said: “It is prima facie made out that Champatiray was negligent in attending to the matter in its proper perspective to secure justice for the victim who belongs to the scheduled caste community.

“Thus Champatiray, being the IIC of the police station of the relevant time, neglected his duty wilfully relating to an offence committed against a girl. As a result, prompt police action and consequent medical treatment could not be provided to the girl.”

“During his examination as a suspect, Champatiray could not offer plausible explanation for not entering the substance of information obtained in writing from the victim’s father on November 30, 2011, in the station diary entry book of Pipili police station,” the affidavit said.

The director general of police had dismissed Amulya Kumar Champatiray on January 24 indicating that he had allegedly “subverted the procedure established by law”, “shielded criminals involved in heinous crime involving a scheduled caste girl” and “suppressed registration of case”.

The high court had directed the investigating officer on May 4 to file an affidavit giving details of the action taken as part of the investigation into the criminal liability of local police officers and doctors after advocate-petitioner Prabir Kumar Das alleged laxity in investigation.

Earlier, the CID-Crime Branch had stated in a status report that a chargesheet had been submitted in the case on March 10 against the accused persons but investigation had been kept open to examine the criminal liability of local police officers and doctors responsible for the plight of the victim. The girl is still in a state of coma. On criminal liability of doctors associated with treatment of the victim till she was admitted for treatment at the special intensive care unit of SCB Medical College and Hospital on January 11, the investigating officer sought three weeks “for completion of further investigation and submission of chargesheet”.

The division bench of Chief Justice V. Gopal Gowda and Justice B.N. Mohapatra directed that the case be heard immediately after the summer vacation.