The family of a 25-year-old man, who was found dead near the Kapurai Bridge on January 16, four days after going missing, took out a silent protest rally to the Police Bhavan against alleged police inaction in the case.
The deceased, Suraj Acharya, had gone missing four days before his body was found from near Kapurai Bridge, his two wheeler a day later and his mobile phone has not yet been discovered. His family is demanding that a murder case be registered in the case of their son’s mysterious death, for a thorough probe.
On Wednesday evening, a small group of supporters joined the family of Suraj Acharya – the son of a labour contractor and resident of Somnath Nagar in Tarsali – in their protest rally against the police inaction and demanding that the police register a case of murder. According to his family, Suraj, who was an employee of a private company in Makarpura-GIDC had left his family home after having lunch on Makarsankranti on January 14, in order to fly kites at his friends home. However, he left his friends’ house to return home for dinner. When Suraj did not return until late night and remained untraceable, his worried parents approached the police. Sashidharan Acharya, Suraj’s father told the police that Suraj’s phone was initially out of coverage area and subsequently switched off.
The family’s advocate Kishore Pillai says, “The police has not yet found the mobile phone nor is it investigating the case appropriately. There is no movement in getting to the perpetrators. The silent rally is a mark of protest towards the police apathy in delivering justice to this family. They have to register a case of murder and probe the case seriously.”
When contacted, an officer of the Makarpura police station, where Suraj’s missing complaint and the subsequent case of accidental death was lodged said, “The probe in the case is going on. The officers are trying to locate his cellphone. Once we get the clues and the orders from the Commissioner, a murder case will be lodged.”
Commissioner of Police, E Radhakrishana was unavailable for comment.