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DSP murder case headed for HC

A lower court verdict, acquitting all the seven accused in DSP U.C. Jha murder case after 12 years of trial, will be challenged in Jharkhand High Court.

The decision was taken at the monthly crime meeting convened by Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh at his office in the state capital on Monday.

Singh later said that public prosecutor B.N. Sharma, who also attended the meeting, had insisted that the accused were let off by the lower court despite enough evidence being presented against them. “In such a situation, it is best to take up the matter in high court,” he added.

Hatia DSP Jha was attacked by a mob, protesting against the death of an eight-year-old girl in an accident, in Doranda on December 28, 2000. He died of head injuries in hospital two days later.

First, a case of attempted murder was registered at Doranda police station. It was converted into a murder case after Jha died. On the basis of photographs published in newspapers and help from police sources, seven were named in the FIR. Trial started and continued for 12 years. However, on June 19 this year, the accused were acquitted for “lack of sufficient evidence”.

Singh said that the day’s meeting also reviewed the overall crime situation in the capital. It chalked out strategies to check snatch gangs and rogues on bikes. Apart from this, directives were issued to all police stations across the district to reduce pending cases, which number 1,998 at present.

The review meeting brought to the fore that last month alone, 750 cases were registered, the number being more than the average of 650. “Several pending cases referred to police from the court of chief judicial magistrate were registered last month. So the numbers swelled,” the SSP said.

Monday’s meeting started around 10.30am and continued till 2.30pm. Around 50 men in uniform, including OCs, SPs, DSPs and circle inspectors, were present.