Almost five days after an FIR was registered in the mysterious death of a lady constable in Rajpipla, the Local Crime Branch of the Narmada Police arrested constable Vijaysinh Deepsinh from the outskirts of Ahmedabad city. According to the police, Vijaysinh had been evading arrest ever since an FIR was lodged against him for the abetment of suicide of lady constable Vasanti Vasava.
On Monday evening, shortly after 4 pm, the Local Crime Branch of the Narmada Police arrested Vijaysinh from the outskirts of Ahmedabad, five days after an FIR was lodged against him by Vasanti’s family, for sexual harassment and intimidation. Narmada police said that Vijaysinh had been on a leave since over two weeks to prepare for a competitive exam to become a Police Sub-Inspector, after which, he was evading the imminent arrest.
Vijaysinh’s wife, who has also been named in the FIR, had applied for anticipatory bail in the local court in Narmada, which was rejected on Monday. Although the police have not yet arrested Vijaysinh’s wife, Narmada Superintendent of Police Jaipalsinh Rathod said that they would take a call on her arrest after the probe.
According to Rathod, Vasanti and Vijaysinh had been involved in a relationship “without a future”, leading to her breakdown and eventual suicide. Rathod said, “The primary cause of Vasanti’s death is due to hanging. It is a simple case of suicide. There is no murder. We have found out that the two were involved in a relationship.
Since Vijaysinh is a married man with two children, the relationship between Vasanti and him had no future. She had developed an emotional attachment for him and this could have driven her to suicide. We are analyzing the detailed call records of both Vasanti and Vijaysinh to establish this. We have booked him for abetment of suicide in the FIR and not for murder.”
Vasanti’s family has rubbished Rathod’s statement about a “love affair” and maintained that Vijaysinh has murdered Vasanti as she had refused to allow him to sexually exploit her, blaming the police for “covering up” the murder. On Monday, Vasanti’s brother Raghuvir expressed disappointment that the police were trying to “tarnish the image” of his departed sister.
Raghuvir said, “Now that she is gone, they will say that she had an affair with Vijaysinh and killed herself in frustration. It is a blatant lie. My sister had told me about Vijaysinh’s indecent advances on a number of occasions.
“She had no affair with him. Even when her body was found, the police took my naive, illiterate father to sign the case papers calling it a suicide, without showing me the so called suicide note, although I was present there.”
Raghuvir has alleged that the senior officers were trying to shield Vijaysinh as he was the “secret keeper” of the officers and was in-line to be promoted to a PSI. Rathod, however, dismissed the family’s allegation about a cover up and said, “For the last three days, we were searching for him. We sent our teams to the outskirts of Ahmedabad when we received information that he was there.
“When I met Vasanti’s family, I told them that they should not accuse the police because we are trying our best to get into the depth of this case. They even alleged that we had hidden away Vasanti’s phone but it was eventually found with her own mother.”
Rathod clarified that Vijaysinh was attempting a state government competitive exam to be PSI. “There is no department promotion being offered to him,” Rathod said.
At the time of writing, Vijaysinh was being escorted by the crime branch officials on his way to Narmada. He will be produced in court on Tuesday where the police will seek his remand. Vasanti’s family on the other hand plans to take out a peaceful march demanding justice on Tuesday.