Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cops chased kid to death

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From: mohanlal panda <>
Date: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM
Subject: Cops chased kid to death


The Chairperson


New Delhi.




Greetings from PVCHR.


Please refer to the news in the link and the report:

Did cops chase Surat hookah bar kid to death?

TNN Jun 29, 2011, 01.25am IST

SURAT: Did the cops chase schoolboy Palash Wadhwani to his death? Eyewitnesses to the incident in which a 13-year-old fell to his death while fleeing from a police raid on a hookah bar, certainly feel so. "Three kids started running on the roof of the fourth floor with two plainclothes cops in pursuit. The boy who died was trying to jump from one section of the roof to another when he fell," said an eyewitness on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the police who had denied the raid, has now instituted an inquiry into the incident. "As we have found that the hookah bar was operational we want to investigate the incident in detail. All angles of the incident will be probed," said Sanjay Shrivastava, joint commissioner of police, Range II.

On Tuesday, when deputy police commissioner Raghavendra Vatsa visited the spot to take the statements of eyewitnesses, no one came offered to testify. "Why should I risk my life by giving a statement when it is known that the incident occurred due to police personnel? It is impossible that the police will take action against their own men," said the eyewitness.

In fact, quite a few people saw the boy fall to his death around 12.30 pm at the Agrasen Point Commercial Complex in the upmarket City Lights area.The police are examining call details of the mobile telephones used by the suspected raiding party to find out their movements on Monday afternoon.

Shrivastava ordered a through investigation by Vatsa after junior officials were found to be dragging their feet on the issue. Assistant commissioner of police B Z Patel has been appointed as investigation officer.

"We are investigating how the hookah bar was back in business despite being raided and closed a few months back. We will take action against those responsible for it," promised Shrivastava. Not only was the hookah bar running, it had an extension on the fourth floor. The police took photographs of the hookah bar which was running under the name, Bling Coffee Lounge, and sealed its premises.


Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to look into the matter and take necessary action.


With regards,


Dr. Mohanlal Panda

Advisor, PVCHR

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