Madhya Pradesh moves fast — in the reverse direction
Posted October 7, 2009on:
Three recent events delineate the tremendous progress made by Madhya Pradesh on the law and order front — in the reverse direction – under the dynamic leadership of Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Incident 1: A middle-aged man on his two-wheeler is hit by a car around one in the afternoon on a wide road in the MP Nagar. The car speeds away before anybody could read the number of the car. The victim receives head injuries and falls consciousness but he, somehow, survives.
What makes the incident different from such happenings is that the victim in this case is Raman Rusiya, younger brother of Madan Gopal Rusiya, who was the Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) chief executive officer (CEO), was taken to Delhi by BJP MLA Jitendra Daga (whose land is marked to be acquired by the BDA for development of new colonies) but never returned to Bhopal. His body was recovered from a ditch near the railway track, some 30 kms away from Agra. Jitendra Daga is a crony of veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.
However, the district police chief ruled out a foul play even without it was known whose car it was or who was driving it when it hit Raman Rusiya.
Incident 2:There are scores of RSS activists assembled at the Saraswati Shishu Mandir at Kotra locality on the day of the Dussehra for “shastra pooja” (worship of weapons). RSS Pracharak Naresh Motwani, in his late forties, arrives. There is the sound of a gunshot and all those present escape. Two RSS activists, having come from outside, arrive there half an hour later and find Motwani’s body lying in a pool of blood. They carry him in the auto in which they had come and take him to the hospital where he is declared brought dead.
The district police chief ruled out a foul play even though neither the weapon of offence had been recovered nor had it been known who had fired it. Four days later, following tremendous pressure from the people in general, and Motwani’s relations in particular, a case of causing death by negligence against unknown person(s) was registered. Motwani’s son, Vijay, has all along been saying that his father has been murdered.
Incident 3: If the RSS performs shastra pooja (worship of weapons), it is but natural that the police, too, should follow suit. At the district police lines, the seven-year-old son of a police officer insists on firing a shot. A deputy superintendent of police obliges the toddler with an LMG and he fires.
The child is the son of the district police chief who had ruled out foul play in the hit-and-run case and in Motwani’s ‘murder’.
The district police chief is none other than the celebrated IPS officer, Jaideep Prasad, who was the superintendent of police of Ujjain when Prof. H.S.Sabharwal (of Madhav College) was beaten to death allegedly by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists enraged at the Professor’s decision to postpone the students’ union elections following rowdyism, and who was said to have played a not-so-insignificant role in ensuring that the eyewitnesses, particularly the policemen, turned hostile in the court. Prasad’s contribution in the acquittal of the ABVP activists was indirectly acknowledged by Additional District and Sessions Judge (of Nagpur, where the trial was transferred by the Supreme Court) Nitin Dalvi when he stated in his order: “the prosecution has failed to put up evidence to prove its case and hence the court acquits all six accused.”
How could such an officer be allowed to waste his talents in a small place like Ujjain? So Shivraj Singh Chauhan shifted him to Bhopal. One can say that Prasad has not disappointed the chief minister in looking after the interests of those who matter in the Parivar. If the incidences of unsolved crimes like burglary, rape and murder go on increasing in the process, it is only too bad.
Prasad is a daring IPS officer. Even the Supreme Court had unwittingly recognised Prasad’s “talents”. The division bench comprising Arijit Payasat and D.K.Jain, while hearing the petition seeking transfer of the Sabharwal murder case trial out of Madhya Pradesh in view of the State-sponsored efforts to sabotage a fair trial, had asked the State government’s counsel: “What action have you taken against those police officers who resiled from their earlier statements? Would not the trial be a mockery if your police officers turned hostile? Our anxiety is that every police officer will be given a clean chit. We have seen what has happened in the Best Bakery case.” (In Gujarat’s “Best Bakery case” all the accused were acquitted of the mass communal killings after the witnesses, which included some injured victims, turned hostile.)
The arraignment of top ABVP activists in Prof. Sabharwal’s murder had quite disturbed Chauhan who has himself held important positions in the ABVP. Initially, the police had arrested 22 persons, mostly belonging to the Congress, in connection with the rowdyism on the Madhav College campus. However, under public pressure (the attack on Prof. Sabharwal had made the national headlines and was shown on the electronic media repeatedly), 12 students owing allegiance to ABVP were named accused in the murder. Ultimately, the challan under Sections 302 and 147 IPC was put up against six of them. They were: Shashi Ranjan Akela (State President of ABVP); Vimal Tomar (Divisional Organising Secretary, ABVP); Vishal Rajoria (member of State Executive, ABVP); Hemant Dube (District Convener, ABVP); Sudhir Yadav and Pankaj Mishra (activists of ABVP).
While the groundwork for the mockery of the trial was prepared by the Ujjain district police under the guidance of its chief Jaideep Prasad, crucial help was also provided by the forensic experts of the State government. Prof. Sabharwal’s viscera and heart, with a covering letter from the Ujjain District Police, were put in a sealed container and addressed, appropriately, to Indore for pathological tests but the samples landed in Bhopal. The forensic experts at the Medico-Legal Institute of Bhopal opened the container, repacked it and redirected it to Indore. A note to this effect was made by the pathology department of the Indore Medical College. What the Medico-Legal Institute in Bhopal (then headed by Dr D.K.Satpathy, who had earned notoriety for toeing the “official” line) had done to the organs before haphazardly repacking them and redirecting them to Indore would probably never be known.
Jaideep Prasad seems to have become a role model for the Madhya Pradesh police in the districts. Little wonder that the State is moving fast in regaining its past glory of being at the top in the matter of heinous crimes. The State had achieved this position for the first time during Sunderlal Patwa’s time but then had slipped down a rung or two.