A Nadiad court ordered an inquiry against five policemen, including a DSP, in connection with a case in which 10 people on Thursday were sentenced to 10 years in jail for a dacoity at Matar village in Kheda district in November 2011.
While delivering the verdict against 11 convicts — one of them is absconding — district and sessions judge H B Raval also ordered a probe against DSP V B Patel, inspector J S Chavda, sub-inspectors S A Desai, L K Pathan and A J Chauhan for failing to recover jewellery and cash worth Rs 36.28 lakh, looted from a house on the premises of spiritual guru Sri Rang Avadhoot Maharaj’s ashram. The judge sought inquiry report within three months.
The court has also imposed Rs 10,000 fine on each convicts. “The copy of the order has been sent to the office of the director general of police, asking for action against officers involved in the investigation of the case… and submit the report before the court within three months,” the judge stated. The probe was ordered against the investigators of the case under Section 165 of the Indian Evidence Act.
As per the case detail, two women were robbed of cash, jewellery and mobile phones on the night of November 27, 2011, by the armed dacoits who broke into their house after taking the watchman captive. While two women were tied by them, a third woman also living in the house managed to raise alarm, following which the villagers informed police about the crime. One of the convicts was caught red-handed by the locals.
In the police investigation that followed, 10 more named were named as accused, out of which nine were arrested and booked under Sections 395 and 120(b) of the IPC. The police officials, however, could not recover the looted items and also failed arrest Shanti Talpada, the absconding accused.
“Police could only recover Rs 11,000 from the convict who was caught by the villagers. The court took up the matter seriously and called it a poor investigation. An inquiry has been ordered against them (the investigators),” said public prosecutor Dhaval Barot.