THE juvenile justice court has given permission to try a 17-year-old, who allegedly killed on-duty traffic police constable Vilas Shinde, as an adult.
The minor was stopped by Shinde for riding a bike, after which he with his elder brother rained blows on the constable, killing him. The August case had put the spotlight on the safety of on-duty policemen.
The Khar police arrested the siblings, and sought permission from the Juvenile Justice (JJ) court to try the 17-year-old as an adult. “We have received permission from the court to try the 17-year-old as an adult given the heinous nature of the crime. The JJ court gave us the permission around a week back,” Senior Inspector of Khar police station RS Jadhav said. He added that the police had already filed a chargesheet against the brothers last month.
Now that the police has the permission, as per provisions of the the new Juvenile Justice Act 2015, the offender’s case will be tried before a children’s court within the sessions court.
If found guilty, the juvenile will be sent to a special home till he is 21 years old. After his, a reassessment will be done to determine if he should be rehabilitated further by being sent to an adult prison or released.
The police had charged the accused under sections 302 (murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code after Shinde succumbed to the head injuries he sustained nearly 10 days after the incident. The attack took place on August 23 at a petrol pump in Khar.