CM transfers Virar drowning case to crime branch

On August 27 this year Meet Chhadwa, Kushal Dagha and Prahul Patel had drowned in the river while trying to flee

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 7, 2014 4:31 am

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday afternoon transferred the case of the alleged drowning of the three Virar students to Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch for further investigation. Fadnavis had ordered the matter to be re-investigated by the police after meeting with the parents of the deceased.

On August 27 this year, Meet Chhadwa, Kushal Dagha and Prahul Patel, all students with the Vagad Gurukul International School in Virar, had drowned in the river while trying to flee after facing corporal punishment from two of their teachers. The parents of the deceased met with the chief minister at 3 pm at the state’s official guest house Saturday.

Last month, the Virar police had filed a chargesheet against the two teachers, charging them with assault under the IPC as well as the Juvenile Justice Act, but dropping the section for abetment to suicide that had been previously applied. “The ante-mortem injuries are not in sync with post-mortem report, there are no explanations…We were unhappy with the investigation and now, the CM has assured us justice,” said Chhadwa’s father.

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