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Lady constable death: Kin refuse to perform last rites until arrest

The Narmada police have handed over the probe of Vasant’s death to lady officer Shreya Parmar.

The family members of victim Vasanti Vasava wait outside SSG Hospital in Vadodara on Friday; as a police team takes stock of the situation. (Source: Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)
The family members of victim Vasanti Vasava wait outside SSG Hospital in Vadodara on Friday; as a police team takes stock of the situation. (Source: Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)

The “mysterious” death of the lady police constable from Rajpipla — Vasanti Vasava — has turned into a major embarrassment for the Narmada police as the family members of the victim on Friday refused to perform the last rites and staged a protest demanding immediate arrest of head constable Vijaysinh Deepsinh and his wife.

At Vadodara’s SSG Hospital, a post-mortem was conducted on Friday after which the family members refused to perform the last rites.

According to victim’s family members, the police are trying to shield the accused and his wife as he is the “secret keeper” of several top brasses of the police department in Narmada.

Reportedly, the accused head constable has been on leave for past one month. He has gone underground with his wife, the police said.

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However, despite the assurance from Narmada Deputy SP Manoharsinh Jadeja to the family members of the victim that Vijaysinh would be arrested soon, they refused to perform the last rites.

Vasanti’s brother Raghuvir said, “The police first registered a case of suicide and showed us a suicide note. Then under pressure they registered the FIR, but said that Vijaysinh and his wife were not in town as he was on leave. Now they are saying they will complete the probe. We do not trust them.”

“We know they have tried to cover up this case as Vijaysinh is a very influential constable who knows the secrets of many top officials. They fear that he will harm them if they initiate any action against him,” he added.

According to Raghuvir, his sister Vasanti had told him that Vijaysinh was trying to get promoted to the post of a PSI and had been pestering her to continue a physical relationship with him. “She used to cry for hours, recounting the trauma of the sexual abuse at the hands of Vijaysinh. He was protected by the other officials as he kept their secrets and even now, they are trying to shield him instead of getting justice for their female colleague,” he said.

The family members also alleged that Vijaysinh’s wife had been hurling abuses and insulting Vasanti for having “seduced her husband” and had even assaulted her once in the compound of their police line quarters in Rajpipla.

Late on Wednesday night, the police discovered Vasanti’s body from her room in the Rajpipla police quarters. According to the police, she committed suicide and an official note has been made that the “body was pulled down from the ceiling fan.”

The police first registered a case of suicide in this connection, but later changed it into a “probable murder case” and lodged an FIR against Vijaysinh and his wife after pressure from the victim’s family members.

In the alleged suicide note, Vasanti says, “I am committing suicide as per my own wish and no one is responsible for my death. Please do not perform any medical tests on my body after my death. This is my last wish.” The note, written in Gujarati, emphasises on skipping the medical tests by repeating the line in large letters under Vasanti’s alleged signature in English.

The Narmada police have handed over the probe of Vasant’s death to lady officer Shreya Parmar.