Wife of murder accused alleges police misconduct

The wife of an accused in a 32-year-old woman’s murder case has alleged misbehaviour by a police team that had gone to conduct a raid at her house.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published:October 7, 2012 5:48 am

The wife of an accused in a 32-year-old woman’s murder case has alleged misbehaviour by a police team that had gone to conduct a raid at her house. Senior Superintendent of Police (Allahabad) Mohit Agarwal said that an inquiry into the allegations would be conducted.

In her letter to the SSP,the complainant,wife of Rakesh Kumar Dwivedi,owner of a security agency,alleged that a team of seven officers,including two sub-inspectors,of Mutthiganj police station reached her house on Colvin Road in Civil Lines around 1.30 am on Friday,apparently looking for her husband.

The police team broke through the door even though she asked them to come in the morning because she was alone,the letter said. Accusing police officers of threatening her,ransacking the house and taking away cash,the complainant sought registration of criminal case against the policemen concerned. She also alleged that there was no woman police personnel in the team.

Agarwal said: “The presence of female police personnel in the team was not necessary because the police team had not gone to arrest a woman. Dwivedi has been evading police for long. However,since the woman has made the allegations,the same would be inquired into.”

Dwivedi’s name had cropped up while the police was investigating the murder case of Pratiksha Jacob,a resident of Mutthiganj,who had died on July 25. Initially,her husband Jacob Joseph had claimed that she died of prolonged illness and buried her body in a cemetery.

However,her body was exhumed on July 28 following apprehension expressed by the NGO,where she worked,that there was foul play. The victim used to complain to her employer about regular ill-treatment being meted out to her by her husband before she died.

A post mortem examination revealed she died of strangulation. The Mutthiganj police then registered a murder case. Following investigations,the police accused Joseph of killing his wife,while Dwivedi was charged with helping him in disposing of the body. Joseph surrendered before a district court in August.

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