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Clean chit to cops in Sangeeta case

The preliminary investigation report has given a clean chit to the Jehanabad police in connection with thrashing and stripping of a woman in public on July 16.

The woman, Sangeeta Devi, remained traceless for the second day on Wednesday.

Deputy inspector-general (Magadh range) P.K. Srivastava gave a clean chit to Jehanabad superintendent of police (SP) Aditya Kumar and his subordinates, who were accused of remaining mute spectators when the incident took place at Nijamuddinchak village in Jehanabad.

Srivastava, who visited Jehanabad to take stock of the situation and recorded the statement of local residents, submitted his report to the police headquarters on Tuesday. “The policemen maintained maximum restraint and performed their duty within the ambit of law,” the report stated.

Srivastava added that strong resentment prevailed at Nijamuddinchak village against Sangeeta. “She used to coax many influential leaders of the region and harass residents,” the report stated, adding that it might have antagonised the inhabitants.

The report revealed that Sangeeta misled the SP when the latter inquired about her whereabouts after the attack on her house in the evening. She told the SP that she had reached Jehanabad railway station and was safe. But she was hiding in the house of her neighbour, Hardev Singh, from where she was dragged out and thrashed.

The house of Hardev is located in a thickly populated area and it was difficult for the police to reach there. Gaya SP rubbished the report that the woman was seen in Masaurhi in Patna rural on Wednesday.


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