Killer gives up at one police stn, palmed off to another
While police commissioner D Sivanandan has ordered an inquiry and reiterated that legally the police must register an offence and pass it on to the concerned police station, several senior police officers are shocked that the Wadala police let go an accused for such an asinine reason.
Saha, an electrician, had got into a squabble with his wife Usha at their Amar Nagar chawl residence in Kurla, and attempted to strangle her. When Usha fell unconscious, Saha, presuming her to be dead, walked into Wadala police station to surrender.
The electrician going to Wadala instead of the V B Nagar police station at Kurla has a history. Saha earlier lived in Wadala, and had been pulled up by the cops there in March on a complaint by Usha’s parents that he was harassing her. Saha promised to be good to his wife and was let off. The family subsequently shifted to Kurla.
On October 2, when the duty officer at Wadala police station asked Saha about the purpose of his visit, the electrician narrated the incident, adding that he wanted to surrender. The officer directed him to the V B Nagar police station at Kurla, the foolish reasoning being that subsequent investigations would have to be carried out by the V B Nagar police, and, hence it would be prudent for Saha to turn himself in there.
The V B Nagar police were surprised when Saha repeated the story and said he was directed by the Wadala police to approach them. Imagine if Saha had changed his mind and decided to flee the city, a police officer attached to V B Nagar police station said.
Wadala senior inspector Vilas Shinde had a different take on the incident. There was some miscommunication, he told TOI. During interrogation, Saha told the V B Nagar police that he went to Wadala police station looking for a particular officer who had advised him to reform in March. He wanted to tell the officer about the incident but since he wasn’t around, left without disclosing the offence. However, when asked what had prompted Saha to go to the V B Nagar police station, Shinde had no answer.
Usha, meanwhile was shifted to Sion Hospital by the police and her neighbour Satishchandra Yadav, who told the police that he saw the front door of Sahaâ€™s house ajar. â€œHe felt something was amiss as the woman, who was next to her 11-month-old baby, was not reacting. He called the police control room and alerted the officers,â€™â€™ a police officer said. Usha, who went into a coma, passed away on October 7.
Source – Times of India Online Edition – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Killer-gives-up-at-one-police-stn-palmed-off-to-another/articleshow/5111407.cms
I guess there is always a solid reasoning and miscommunication behind such failures of Responsibility 🙂