Shivali case: SC Commission seeks details from top cop

A day after the Jalandhar police registered an FIR on charges of abetment to suicide against a woman traffic Inspector and two mediapersons in the Shivali Kanghotra death case,the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Caste on Friday issued a notice to the Jalandhar police commissioner,asking for details leading to death of the girl within a month.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: September 8, 2012 6:10:21 am

A day after the Jalandhar police registered an FIR on charges of abetment to suicide against a woman traffic Inspector and two mediapersons in the Shivali Kanghotra death case,the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Caste on Friday issued a notice to the Jalandhar police commissioner,asking for details leading to death of the girl within a month.

“Since the girl,Shivali,belonged to the Scheduled Caste community,the Commission wants to know every detail of the case that led her to end her life for no fault of her,” Commission Chairman Rajesh Bagha told The Indian Express.

On Wednesday,Traffic Police Inspector Balwinder Kaur and photo journalists Brijesh Kumar and Ravi were booked under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC following recommendations by IGP (Jalandhar Zone II).

“How can a mature woman police officer humiliate a young woman to such an extent that it left her with no other option but to commit suicide,” asked Bagha.

Meanwhile,Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gaurav Yadav has appointed ADCP (Headquarter) Navjot Singh Mahal as the investigation officer (IO) in the case. Yadav said that IO has been asked to investigate the case on a day-to-day basis and to bring on record all available evidence,including oral statements of witnesses.

Shivali (19) allegedly committed suicide after being photographed by journalists called by Traffic Inspector Balwinder Kaur on August 30. The incident took place when the car Shivali and her friend Gaurav were travelling in hit another near a police checkpost and Kaur called photo journalists to the spot. Despite Shivali’s protests,the journalists clicked her pictures. Later,Shivali jumped before a running train.

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