In the chargesheet filed in the murder of 15-year-old Dalit boy Swapnil Sonawane who was allegedly killed over his inter-caste relationship with a girl, the police officer suspended for dereliction of duty has claimed that both parties did not want to file a complaint in the case.
Swapnil’s family has written to the Navi Mumbai police commissioner seeking criminal action against sub-inspectors Sonali Rajguru and Yogesh Mane, saying their appropriate intervention could have saved his life.
The statements of Swapnil’s parents — part of the chargesheet — mentioned that the police officials did not take any action but instead threatened and humiliated them. Rajguru in her statement — also part of the chargesheet — claimed that she had insisted on a complaint.
Rajguru has stated that on July 19, the girl’s elder brother came to the Nerul police station around 9.30 pm. He pointed towards Swapnil and told Rajguru that the 15-year-old was in a relationship with his sister.
“I asked him to give me a complaint on the issue, but he refused,” her statement read. She has further claimed that she had summoned Swapnil’s mother to the police station who too refused to file a complaint. “The two parties said they will solve the case within themselves and did not want a complaint,” Rajguru’s statement said. Rajguru’s statement also did not mention her reference to the film Sairat which the family said was made by her as a warning.
She further said she had forgotten to make a diary entry on the case after the incident. Incidentally, the statement of the girl’s elder brother, who is now a main accused in the case, said a complaint was not registered despite them seeking it. Rajguru and Mane continue to remain suspended after a departmental inquiry into the incident.
Swapnil’s family members continue to seek action, including in an appeal made before Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last month, against the two police officers.