The investigators probing the alleged custodial death of a Gohana teen have ruled out foul play and termed it a clear case of suicide. The police based its claim on the forensic experts report, the post-mortem examination report of the deceased and the written statement of an eyewitness in front of whom the boy, Govinda, left the police station reportedly to drink water.
Govinda (14) was found hanging inside a room of an abandoned house, next to his own, in Sonepat district’s Gohana on Thursday morning. His family accused the police of torturing him in custody.
“It is definitely a case of suicide. It has been blown out of proportion. Ideally, when the complaint pertaining to the theft of two pigeons and a mobile phone came to the police, the ASI should have registered a case. But since it was a case of petty theft, Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, the ASI called the panchayat and asked the accused to pay value of the stolen pigeons to the complainant, Banwari (whose pigeons were allegedly stolen by Govinda),” said the Rohtak-range IGP, Shrikant Jadhav.
According to Jadhav, “Two boys, Govinda and Sumit, were involved in the theft. On Wednesday morning, Sumit’s mother Rani and Govinda’s brother Gautam came to the police station. Sumit and Govinda were there. Banwari was also there. The ASI asked them to sort out the matter, and told Gautam and Rani to arrange the money — Rs 2,500 each — and give it to Banwari. Rani and Gautam left to get the money. After three or four hours, Sumit’s mother got some food, which Govinda and Sumit had. Govinda went out of police station on the pretext of drinking water after having the meal and slipped out. Banwari eventually refused to take the money. Next morning, we learnt about Govinda’s body being recovered…It is inferred from the post-mortem report that there was no use of force in hanging. That leaves nothing in this case.”
According to the police, Rani — who is an eyewitness — also gave a statement about the boy leaving the police station on the pretext of having water. Police sources claimed that Govinda was even beaten by his brother Gautam for committing the theft.
“It is a proper “V” mark, which is usually there when a person hangs himself. If the person is hanged by somebody else, it leaves stress marks on either side of the neck. But in this case, it was a proper “V” mark. There are only two aberration marks on the arms, which board of doctors opined were between 4 to 7 days old. There were no other injury marks on Govinda’s body. It is a clear case of hanging. Lapse on police’s part is that they did not make the proper entries in police records,” police investigators revealed.
Earlier, two ASIs — Subhash and Ashok — were booked for murder in the case.