Alleging shoddy investigation, family protests teenage boy’s murder

May 31st, 2009 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Angry relatives of a 14-year-old boy who was found murdered in March blocked vehicular traffic and demanded the suspension of the concerned police official, alleging negligence and inaction in the investigation.
Around 150 people - neighbours and relatives - protested outside the Chhawla police station in southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh area and demanded the resignation of the station in-charge.

They blocked vehicular movement for at least three and half hours in the area and demanded the arrest of the killers of Jitender, who went missing March 22 from Chhawla village. The police officers at the Najafgarh police station recovered his body on the same day from a drain.

After the post-mortem examination, the police officers at the Najafgarh police station declared him an unidentified person and cremated his body a fortnight later.

Shyama Devi, the victim’s mother, said they had filed a police complaint March 24 but were not informed about Jitender’s murder till May 29.

“The in-charge of the Chhawla police station called two days ago saying that Jitender’s body was recovered on the same day. He showed us the photograph of the body and asked us if it was our son. We looked at our dead son’s photograph and asked the SHO where his body was. That was when he told us that he was cremated.”

The victim’s uncle Arun Kumar, said: “Why were we not informed about it when his body was found. We had registered a missing complaint March 24. If he was found murdered the same evening, and that too in Najafgarh, we should have been informed that a body of the same description was found.”

“Jitender, who was the only brother of three sisters, would have at least received a decent cremation. He was the only male member in the family as his father had passed away some time ago,” Kumar said.

According to police, an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

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