Heat on cop for fake case on scribe

The axe is likely to fall on an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) for his dubious role in a case related to the arrest of Rajasthan-based journalist Durg Singh Rajpurohit under relevant sections of the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.

By Ramashankar in Patna
  • Published 12.09.18
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Patna: The axe is likely to fall on an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) for his dubious role in a case related to the arrest of Rajasthan-based journalist Durg Singh Rajpurohit under relevant sections of the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.

The ASP in question is learnt to have sent the arrest warrant issued by the special SC/ST Court in Patna to Barmer superintendent of police (SP) through WhatsApp despite the fact that it didn't fall under his jurisdiction.

Besides, his relation with one of the two witnesses in the complaint case, Sanjay Singh alias Sanjay Yadav, a resident of Makdumpur in Patna's Digha locality, is an open secret.

Inspector-general (Patna zone) Nayyar Hasnain Khan submitted his report to the state police headquarters on Saturday, recommending disciplinary action against the ASP, known for his political connections. On being contacted on Tuesday, IG Khan said: "I've already submitted my report to headquarters."

Khan, however, refused to share the content of his "confidential" report. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had ordered an inquiry into the matter after family members of the arrested journalist met the Rajashtan chief minister and state DGP and demanded a fair probe. A delegation of Barmer journalists had also called on the DGP. IG Khan was assigned to probe the incident and submit a report at the earliest.

During investigation, it emerged that the complainant, Rakesh Paswan, had never visited Rajasthan to work in a mining unit as claimed in the complaint. Also, Rajpurohit, the journalist, had not visited Patna where, according to the complaint, he hurled abuses, assaulted and made casteist remarks.

What is interesting is that both Rakesh and Sanjay Singh (former district board chairman of Patna) were in constant touch with the ASP when the alleged conspiracy against the journalist was hatched. "There were instances when Sanjay visited Raj Bhavan where the police officer was posted," said a police officer under the cover of anonymity.

Rakesh, a resident of Nalanda, alleged in his complaint that Rajpurohit not only denied him wages for his work in the mines but also assaulted him on April 15 and 28 and on May 7 when he returned to Bihar. A case was lodged against Rajpurohit in the special SC/ST court headed by Vishnudeo Upadhyay in Patna on May 31.

Rakesh's father, however, told reporters that his son was employed by Sanjay Yadav (also called Sanjay Singh) of Digha in Patna. Digha police station house officer (SHO) Sachchidanand Singh also refuted Rakesh's charge that his complaint was not accepted by the police, compelling him to lodge a case in the court.

Rajpurohit was arrested from Barmer on August 18, brought to Patna and then produced in a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody. He was later released on bail. His father, Gulam Singh, alleged that his son was arrested under a well-hatched conspiracy.

DGP K.S. Dwidevi couldn't be contacted for comment despite repeated attempts.

After release from jail, Rajpurohit told reporters in Patna he was implicated under a conspiracy hatched by politicians. He also alleged that Barmer police didn't bother to follow procedures while taking him in custody.

Rajpurohit works for a private news channel and has been in the profession for 18 years. He was booked under Section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the IPC along with sections of the SC/AT Act. It was alleged he used to recruit labourers from Patna for his business.