The High Court (HC) has ordered the Banaskantha district police to register an FIR in the case that relates to a 15-year-old Muslim boy who has been missing since March 10 from Piluda village of Tharad taluka. The boy is believed to have been kidnapped.
The court passed the order suo motu while hearing an anticipatory bail petition of three persons from the same village involved in an alleged case of assault and robbery.
The three accused,Vihaji Chauhan and his two sons Jogaji and Janak,who moved the anticipatory bail petitions,are accused of assaulting and robbing some local persons belonging to the Patel community of Piluda village.
The petitioners lawyer Anand Yagnik said Janak (19) worked as an attendant at a Government Community Hospital in the village. On March 9,he had stopped one Pravin Patel,a resident of Piluda,from stealing medicines and other materials from the hospital. The boy,Yasin Khan (15),was allegedly a witness to the confrontation between the two.
The next day,Patel had allegedly come along with some of his accomplices outside the government hospital where Khan runs a tea stall. Khan was present at the spot along with Janak. The Patels allegedly destroyed the tea-stall and attacked the two. While Janak escaped,Yasin was allegedly kidnapped.
A cobbler at the spot,Ishwar Harijan,had witnessed the incident and he informed Yasins father,Shravan Khan,about his sons alleged kidnapping. Shravan went to the Tharad police station to get an FIR registered. However,the police refused.
In his written complaint given to the Tharad police,Shravan has given the names of five people who allegedly kidnapped his son. One of them is Pravin. To trace his son,Shravan filed a habeas corpus petition before the HC. However,the concerned bench of the HC dismissed the same on April 1. Shravan also moved a PIL related to his sons kidnapping before the HC through Yagnik,seeking an investigation by the CID (Crime). Amidst all this,Pravin registered an FIR against Vihaji and his two sons on March 10 after which they are on the run.
Chauhans anticipatory bail petitions were heard by Justice Anant Dave on Thursday where Yagnik informed the court that Yasin is still missing.