Chandigarh administration Home Guard’s suicide: Investigation yet to begin

The family members of 37-year-old Home Guard Mohan Chand Joshi had staged a protest at the Sector 19 police station earlier this month.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: October 14, 2015 8:43 am

More than a week after the UT home secretary ordered a probe into the allegations by the family members of a Home Guard who committed suicide last month, investigations are yet to take off.

On October 5, UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal had ordered Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) East Danish Ashraf to carry out the probe.

However, when Chandigarh Newsline contacted Ashraf, he said the investigation was yet to start. “I heard about the probe order from the media only. I was on leave, and I have no information about it,” Ashraf said on Tuesday. “It will be started soon,” he added.

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The family members of 37-year-old Home Guard Mohan Chand Joshi had staged a protest at the Sector 19 police station earlier this month.

The deceased was called by the police for interrogation in a case of theft of heritage furniture from the Le Corbusier Centre last month. Joshi worked as a security guard at the centre.

The family had held the investigating officer responsible for the death as the deceased was “harassed and mentally tortured” by him.

Earlier, the UT home secretary had forwarded a job application from the family to the principal and director of GMCH in Sector 32. However, the family members Tuesday said that the GMCH authorities had told them that there were no vacancies.

“When we went to meet the principal and director of GMCH-32 Monday, he said that there were no vacancies at the moment,” the victim’s brother Girish Joshi told Chandigarh Newsline.

He added, “The family was dependent on him(Joshi). They are not financially sound, and we had mentioned everything to all the officers. But it is very unfortunate that they are not doing anything for the family.”

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