Father of the tutor Jagannath, who was allegedly run over by a truck outside the Okhla police station on Wednesday night, has submitted a fresh complaint to police alleging that his son had been “murdered” by the family members of a 20-year-old girl Jagannath was tutoring. Police refused to confirm whether they have received the complaint.
The FIR registered by police mentions that Jagannath was hit by a truck a short distance from the police station. But the 25-year-old tutor’s father Ram Babu said he and Jagannath were beaten up by the girl’s family.
Her family had made a PCR call on Wednesday claiming that Jagannath and Ram Babu had abducted their daughter Soni. But Soni returned home on Wednesday evening accompanied by Ram Babu and Jagannath. Ram Babu alleged that Soni’s father Shambhu and her cousins beat them up before calling police.
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Both parties were then brought to the police station. In his complaint, Ram Babu said, “We were standing inside the police station when Shambhu and his family called Jagannath outside. Then I heard the chaos and confusion and I tried running out, but policemen held me back. I do not know what happened to my son after that.”
“He was beaten to a pulp. How can someone so weak and injured darted out onto the road and come under the wheels of a vehicle? Who do I believe and what do I do now,” Ram Babu said.
The FIR also mentions that there were no eye-witnesses to the “accident” which killed Jagannath. In the FIR, it is mentioned that a constable reached the spot and saw “a truck (RJ02GA7567) and an injured man lying on the road near the right tyre of the truck. The man was rushed to hospital in a PCR van. Waris, a man who claimed to be a helper on the truck, said the driver, Hanif, had fled the scene. Police could find no eyewitnesses at the
Police said that there were no policemen standing outside the Okhla police station when the father and cousins of Soni signalled Jagannath to come out.
A senior officer said, “A police van fetched Jagannath, Ram Babu and Soni’s father Shambhu and his nephews — Raju and Manoj. While Jagannath and Ram Babu were taken inside the police station, the others were standing outside. Jagannath then went out on his own accord. No one witnessed what happened outside. There were no policemen standing there. The CCTV cameras are just being installed.”
Ram Babu claimed that two policemen standing were outside when Jagannath went out. Police have arrested Shambhu and Raju and Manoj. Hanif, the truck driver, was also arrested on Thursday.