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Allahabad High Court asks Uttar Pradesh DGP, SIT members to clarify on police inaction in 2019 Mainpuri teen’s hanging

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Allahabad Sept 15 (ILNS) The Allahabad High Court today in the investigation of the case regarding the death of a 16-year-old girl from Mainpuri  who was found hanged in her school in the year 2019, asked the Director-General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, and the members of the S.I.T team to clarify the inaction of the Police Authorities. 

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Anil Kumar Ojha passed this order while hearing a PIL filed by Mahendra Pratap Singh.

The Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh is present before the court today, pursuant to its direction issued yesterday.

The Court said that, despite the seriousness shown by the Court to the case and the manner of the investigation coupled with direction against the defaulting Police Officer, no follow-up action has been taken rather the matter is not being briefed to the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh to know the sensitivity of the case.

“In view of the above, we are left with no option but to keep the matter tomorrow, i.e, September 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

The Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh and members of S.I.T would remain present in the Court to clarify about the action of the Police Authorities in making the investigation and further as to why the disciplinary action against the then Superintendent of Police, Mainpuri could not be completed before his retirement almost six months back, as stated”, the court ordered.

The case relates to a 16-year-old girl from Mainpuri who was found hanged in her school. Although the police had initially claimed that it was a case of suicide, the 16-year old’s mother, on the other hand, had alleged that she was harassed, beaten and assaulted, and thereafter hanged.

On Tuesday, the Court noted that though the FIR of the incident dated september 16, 2019 was lodged on september 17, 2021 having allegation and naming the accused but interrogation of those accused was not made immediately or within reasonable time rather it was almost after three months.

It is despite serious allegations against the accused. The investigating officer present in Court could not explain the delay in interrogating the accused in a case where a girl aged about 16 years was found hanged in the school.

The postmortem report shows no injury other than the ligature mark. The Court called upon the photographs of the girl which needs to be taken at the time of preparation of “Panchnama”. The photographs are not available though it is stated that the video was taken.

The Court was informed that the then Superintendent of Police, Mainpuri had been shifted after the incident and was otherwise facing disciplinary inquiry, which was said to have not been completed before his retirement.

“It was due to his misdeeds in the investigation where a report came showing semen in the vagina of the girl and sperm in undergarment”, the Court said.

To this, the Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal has been asked to arrange for the exhibition of the video in the court./ILNS/AP/SNG

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