Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Range forest officer suicide case accused ‘missing’.

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 14:14 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

It's been exactly three weeks since Gujarat Ecological and Education Research (GEER) Foundation's range forest officer (RFO) Yadavendrasinh Chauhan allegedly committed suicide, but Chauhan's three superiors, charged with abetment of his suicide, are yet to be even questioned. In fact, police say that the accused are nowhere to be found.
"The mobile phones of the three accused are switched off. They are not at home for past many days, and they haven't even been discharged after their transfer orders," Adalaj police officials, investigating the case, said. Officials said that the accused are nowhere to be found.
"The police have visited the accused person's houses and office at GEER foundation, but they were missing," Adalaj PI Mukesh Chaudhary, who is investigating the case, said.
The dead body of Chauhan was found by Adalaj police in Narmda canal on April 13. Soon, the alleged involvement of three senior officers of GEER Foundation, including of director Bharat Pathak, deputy director NK Nanda and DFO Suman Gurjar, came to light.
The police were initially reluctant to register a FIR, but it was registered after Chauhan's parents raised hue and cry about the incident. However, no action has been taken by the police yet.
Three weeks have passed by, but police are yet to even record statements of any of the accused.
In between, two of the accused, deputy director NK Nanda and DFO Suman Gurjar, were transferred from GEER foundation.
Further, the accused filed an anticipatory bail application with Gandhinagar sessions court but their plea was rejected. Meanwhile, the deceased's family is unhappy with the tardy pace of investigations.
"It's been over three weeks but there is no development in the case. The accused are being given protection by senior officials. I have talked to the police, but all they said was that the accused are missing from their offices and houses," said Chauhan's father, Chandansinh Chauhan.
source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_range-forest-officer-suicide-case-accused-missing_1538898

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