Jamshedpur, Sept. 28: The tribal girl in Mosabani who had accused two CRPF jawans of molesting her two days ago came forward to record her statement this evening after a witness turned up earlier but claimed to have not seen anything “objectionable”.
Tension continued to grip the HCL township in East Singhbhum, with local residents of the opinion that the police are trying to shield the two jawans in question.
The jawans are in police custody although 48 hours have passed since they were detained for interrogation.
The girl had alleged that the jawans had stripped her and taken nude pictures of her with a cellphone at Banalopa on Wednesday.
The police, however, are yet to reach a conclusion in the investigations.
East Singhbhum SPP Akhilesh Kumar Jha, who is supervising the probe on the direction of DGP G.S. Rath, said the police were not yet able to take a call on whether to arrest the two accused jawans.
“We have to investigate a case before making any arrest, especially if the incident involving the accused is not very clear. If we get a clear picture, we do not delay in arresting the accused,” he explained.
Jha said the police were not yet convinced with the victim’s allegations, adding, “Unless we record the statement of the girl and match it with the statements of the two jawans, we cannot arrest the duo.”
He said that the girl had arrived at Mosabani police station in the evening, adding that it might take hours to record her statement and to decide on whether to arrest the two accused or not.
On the statement of the forest guard, the witness in the case, the SSP said, “The forest guard admitted to have seen two CRPF jawans walking down the street leading to the spot where the girl was allegedly stripped, but he saw nothing objectionable.”
Meanwhile, the villagers of Mosabani, an erstwhile Naxalite stronghold, held separate meetings throughout the day to discuss the matter.
“The police tend to arrest an accused in any criminal case soon after an FIR is lodged by the victim. But in case CRPF jawans are involved in a molestation, the police dilly-dally,” said Ratan Tudu, a resident of Banalopa.
A group of villagers had strongly protested the alleged molestation at the once-flourishing copper town in Ghatshila on Wednesday.
The agitators had also tried to set a CRPF camp signboard on fire, demanding action against the accused jawans.
A case was registered with Mosabani police station based on the FIR lodged by the victim. The police picked up the two jawans from the camp of CRPF’s 193rd Battalion.
The victim had initially refused to appear before the police, but was convinced by a section of villagers to give her statement.