After younger brother immolates self, elder bro commits suicide citing police harassment in Virar, cop transferred

After younger brother immolates self, elder bro commits suicide citing police harassment in Virar, cop transferred

The victims Vikas Jha (in goggles) and Amit Jha in beard. Both brothers committed suicide due to alleged police harrassment in Virar.

MUMBAI:In November 2017  after a Virar youth with 8 criminal cases filed in Virar and Vasai police stations, died after self-immolation before a police officer, his elder brother committed suicide by consuming rat poison. Both had cited harassment by a Virar police officer who has been transferred to the Palghar Control Room by Manjunath Singe,Superintendent of Police (SP) Palghar. A case of abetment of suicide has been registered against a local leader who is absconding.

Amit Jha (29) consumed rat poison at his home in Suram Park,Phoolpada, Virar (East) on January 20 evening. He was admitted to the KEM hospital and later his  family moved him to the private Shushrut hospital in Dadar where he died on Monday morning.

On the eve of the attempted suicide, Amit along with his parents had gone to the Virar police station demanding filing a FIR against PI Yonous Shaikh of Virar police station.  Singe in a statement said that he along with other officers met the family and assured a fair probe into the death of Amit’s brother Vikas (22). The role of PI Shaikh  was not established in the internal enquiry, said Singe. Shaikh has now been transferred to the police control room at Palghar he said.

Vikas had poured kerosene on himself in front of the Vasai Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) office. He was admitted to the Kasturba hospital in Byculla with over 80 per cent burns. He passed away the next day and he tried to set the deputy superintendent Vishwas Dalwi on fire by trying to embrace him. The police officer escaped unhurt. 

 Said Singe, eight offences were registered against Vikas since 2014. An externment proposal (tadipaar) was pending with the Special District Magistrate he said. On November 9, a molestation case under Section 354 of IPC was filed against him by a woman from his housing society. The woman had alleged being hit by a leather belt and molested for driving a vehicle in the residential complex by Vikas said Singe.

Vikas had then alleged that the cases against him were false and done at the behest of one Munaf Baluch, a local social worker. He had alleged harassment by Baluch and the Virar police and it was Baluch who was acting as a mediator to collect the money reportedly in lakhs on behalf of PI Shaikh.

The report into Vikas’s suicide was submitted on January 16. It named Baluch who was a day later booked for abetment of suicide under Section 306 of IPC. Vikas’s family, including Amit,  wanted abetment of suicide case to be filed against PI Shaikh also  who was named by Vikas before committing suicide.

According to Amit’s father Vinay,  PI Shaikh was being shielded. He said that the inspector was responsible for Vikas’s death and he along with Baluch later began harassing Amit. He alleged that the cops had threatened to file false cases against Amit.

Singe in his statement said that a detailed enquiry will be done to find out the exact cause of Amit’s death and appropriate action will be taken based on medical reports and due enquiry. As of now we have transferred PI Shaikh to Palghar Control Room as a precautionaru step he said.

Before committing suicide, Vikas had reportedly recorded a video accusing police officers including PI Shaikh of harassing him. In November 2016 during the demonetization period, Vikas had allegedly fled with Rs 5 lakh old notes belonging to a Nalasopara trader who had filed a complaint with the Virar police.

In the video, Vikas had alleged that PI Shaikh had made false cases against him and was demanding money in lakhs. Vikas had alleged that each time he got arrested, he had to spend a couple of thousands to come out of jail.

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