Home guard suicide: Month on, magisterial inquiry still not over

Soon after the incident, UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal had ordered a probe in the first week of October, directing Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) Danish Ashraf to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:November 16, 2015 3:46 am

EVEN AS more than a month has passed, the UT Administration is yet to complete the magisterial inquiry that was ordered to probe the allegations by the family members of a home guard constable who committed suicide in September.

Soon after the incident, UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal had ordered a probe in the first week of October, directing Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) Danish Ashraf to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Asked about the status of the case, Ashraf told Chandigarh Newsline that the inquiry process was on.

“We have sought some clarifications from the home department. We will be recording statements of the people in the case very soon,” he said. “The probe is on.”
The probe was ordered after the relatives of a UT home guard constable, Mohan Chand Joshi, 37, who had committed suicide, staged protests in the city. The relatives had held the police responsible for the death. The family members had alleged that Joshi was “harassed and mentally tortured” by the police when he was called to the police station for investigation in the theft of heritage furniture at Le Corbusier Centre. He also worked as a security guard at the same centre.
The family members of the deceased constable insist that justice has not been done to them so far. “I went to meet the SDM last week. He said that the inquiry was on and soon the statements will be taken,” Girish Joshi, the victim’s brother, told Chandigarh Newsline. “But nothing has been done so far.”

He added, “Everyone should know who the real culprits in the case are. People who are responsible for my brother’s death should be punished.”

However, the family members say that wife of the deceased has been given a job by the UT Inspector General of Police in the home guard department.

The UT Police has also failed to get any clue to the heritage furniture that was stolen from the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19 in September.

The UT Police had registered an FIR under Section 380 (theft in dwelling) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 19 police station after they received a complaint from the director of the centre, who said that two heritage tables and eight cushioned V-shaped chairs had been missing from Le Corbusier Centre since the intervening night of September 23 and 24.

Joshi, who was the security guard and was on duty that night, had committed suicide soon after he was questioned by the police in connection with the case.

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