Home guard’s suicide: Adviser tells Home Secretary to get inquiry conducted

Sub-Divisional Magistrate to carry out probe; victim’s kin had alleged harassment by police.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 3, 2015 5:18:51 am
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UT ADVISER Vijay Kumar Dev has directed UT Home Secretary Anurag Agarwal to get an inquiry conducted into the suicide committed by a home guard. The inquiry will be conducted by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

The family members of 37-year-old home guard Mohan Chand Joshi, whose body was found hanging from a tree near the forest area in Manimajra on Wednesday evening, had staged a protest by keeping the body of the deceased at the Sector 19 police station on Thursday. The family had held the police responsible for the death, saying the victim committed suicide, as he was “harassed and mentally tortured” by the police.

“I have issued directions to the Home Secretary and he will issue probe orders. The inquiry will be done by Sub- Divisional Magistrate,” UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev told Chandigarh Newsline on Friday.

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The family members had alleged that Joshi was “harassed” by the police during the investigations conducted by the police into the theft of the heritage furniture at the Le Corbusier Centre last week.

Earlier this week, the police launched the investigation after they received a complaint from the director of the centre, who said that the heritage furniture had been missing since the intervening night of September 23 and 24.

“Two numbers of heritage tables — heritage tag number (CHH/LCC/T-005) and CHH/LCC/T-006 — and eight cushioned V-shaped chairs are missing from Le Corbusier Centre,” reads the complaint. “It is also intimated that repair and maintenance work is going on in the centre.”

Sources in the police said that the police had not “achieved” much during the investigations and there was no lead in the case so far.

A senior police officer said that even though the police questioned all the security guards posted at the centre, including Pawan Joshi, the police were yet to get any “leads in the case”.

“We had called all the security guards for questioning on Monday after receiving the complaint from the centre,” said the officer. “But there was no breakthrough.”

Sources added that it was getting difficult for the police to know what happened that night, as no CCTV cameras were installed at the centre.

When contacted, SDPO (East) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said the police were investigating the complaint. “We are questioning the employees of the centre regarding the case and further investigations are on.”

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