Disappointed with the Noida police probe into the death of his son Shashank Yadav (28),Engineers India Limited employee,Vinod Yadav has raised the pitch for a CBI investigation in the case.
Vinod has sought an appointment with UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to express his concerns. We have been told by the Chief Ministers Office that he will meet us after the Assembly session is over. We will demand a CBI probe as either the police is inept or does not want the case solved, Vinod told Newsline.
Shashanks body was found hanging by a data cable from the ceiling of womens washroom inside Noida stadium complex on March 13.
Police had then refused to file a suicide case,claiming that it seemed like murder.
But Vinod said police were still not clear on the case. We have been in constant touch with senior police officers in Noida … they are still not clear whether it is a case of murder or suicide. They have not assured us that they have any leads so far, he said.
Shashank was a senior engineer in the contracts and purchase department of EIL. He was reportedly helping the CBI with a probe into alleged fake certificates,which allowed Turkish firm Fernas Construction Private Limited to bag two contracts valued at over Rs 2,000 crore in the oil and natural gas sector.
Shashanks family members said they were disappointed with the degree of seriousness that the Noida police have so far shown in the case.
We believe that our boy was murdered and that is the complaint that has been registered. The fact that he was aiding a CBI probe has added gravitas,but police seem to be in no hurry. Nine days after his death,police went to the EIL office to seize his computer. On the day his body was found,the forensic team arrived after his body was taken down,in the presence of family members, Vinod said.
He said the basic question that came up on the Day One has still not been answered. There is no clarity on how his body reached the stadium. The guards deny that anyone entered through the gate,then how did he get in? There is a gap in the fence next to the restroom,which is one of the possible entry points. When we asked,we got no answers. The post-mortem report also seems dressed up. The column that asks if rigor mortis had set in was empty this would indicate time of death. It also does not mention if the injuries on his wrists were from before or after death, Vinod said.
A senior Noida police officer denied charges of laxity saying,Investigation is in progress and we are taking the case seriously. We need to get the facts in order before arrests can be made. These cannot be timebound if they are to be accurate.
Meanwhile,Shashanks family and friends have turned to social networking sites to spread a campaign for justice on Facebook and change.org.
On both the sites,the pages dedicated to Shashank are entitled: Lived by Honesty,murdered by corruption.