‘Amit’s only mistake was to lend bike’

Shubham Murder 19-year-old’s aunt says Amit was not involved in Shirke’s kidnap and murder

Written by MANOJ MORE | Published: April 4, 2012 2:44:27 am

Shubham Murder 19-year-old’s aunt says Amit was not involved in Shirke’s kidnap and murder

“It was a mistake to have bought him a bike,” said 58-year-old Ramchandra Nair,whose 19-year-old son Amit Nair was arrested along with two minors for the alleged kidnap and murder of 15-year-old Class X student Shubham Shirke. Amit has been remanded in police custody till April 5.

A student of a junior college in Kalewadi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad,Amit had appeared for his Class XII examination and was supposed to take up a job,his aunt Sayli Joseph said. On April 1,he was arrested from his residence in Apte Colony area of Bhosari.

When the police came knocking at their residence at 2.30 am on Sunday,Sayli said Amit cooperated with them and made no effort to run away. “When the police asked him to accompany them or give keys of his two-wheeler,Amit did what he was asked. He had no clue as to what was happening until he was taken to the police chowky,” Sayli said.

Pleading for his son’s innocence,Ramchandra Nair said his son is paying the price for his large-heartedness. “Whenever a friend came to our house and demanded his vehicle,Amit never said no. He has always been a helpful person…I don’t think my son is involved in any way,” said Ramchandra,who is bed-ridden for two years. Ramchandra said the two-wheeler which Amit was using was bought a year back. “We bought the two-wheeler because his college was far off. I think we should not have bought the vehicle as then he would not have lent it to anybody and got into trouble,” he says. Sayli said this was not the first time that Amit had lent his vehicle to a friend. “He had done it several times in the past.”

His mother,Biji Joseph,who works for a private firm in Bhosari,confesses the only mistake her son committed was to lend his two-wheelers. “On Saturday,his friend came here and said he needed Amit’s two-wheeler for getting some money from a person. He made Amit sit at a hotel and went away. He was kept waiting at the hotel and later found out the bike was parked at a little distance away. This is what the police report says,” she said. Biji,however,added that Amit was busy as he had to go to a friend’s birthday. “He went to the party in Pimpri and later returned home the same evening.”

However,police officials said they had arrested Amit after his involvement was confirmed. “He was present at the spot to receive the ransom money,” police officers said.

Shubham’s parents to meet Patil today

Home Minister R R Patil assured a CID probe into the allegations made by 15-year-old Shubham Shirke’s family that crucial time was lost as they were made to run from one police station to another to register their complaint. His parents will meet Patil on Wednesday.

Class X student,Subham Shrike,was killed on Sunday by his friends who asked for ransom from his parents allegedly inspired by a television serial. MLC Mohan Joshi raised concern regarding the grievance made by Shirke’s parents.

Joshi said his parents had complained that following a call to the police helpline,they were asked to go to Bhosari police station. Officials at the police station did not take down their complaint of a ransom threat and were made to go to Vishrantwadi police station. Parents have alleged that crucial time was lost in this and their son was killed in the meantime.

Patil said that he would conduct a detailed inquiry as clear instructions have been issued to address complaints regarding children,elderly and women with seriousness and immediacy.

“Even if the complaint does not pertain to that particular police station,they can take a zero complaint and inform the concerned police station. CID inquiry will be conducted in the matter raised by his parents and a report will be submitted in the next 15 days. I will inform the House regarding action taken before the session concludes,” said Patil at the Assembly.

He said that a circular informing police station about steps to be taken in case of such complaints will be issued. Demarcation of boundaries has been made to help police investigate matters but it should not come in the way of filing complaints,Patil said.

Joshi also demanded action against serials which are influencing children to take such steps for thrill or money. Sena MLC Diwakar Raote asked government to ban advertisements which encourage indecent behavior among youth.

“The advertisement is promoting behaviour which is not part of our culture. I ask the government to intervene and ban such advertisements,” said Patil.

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