Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday ordered the Crime Investigation Department to begin an inquiry into a 14-year-old girl’s allegations that police officers, political leaders and builders had raped and then blackmailed her, following which she was forced to have an abortion.
The complainant made the allegations during Das’ “Seedhi Baat” programme, a grievance redressal session that takes place every Tuesday, the Hindustan Times reported.
The complainant, a resident of Jamshedpur, accused two policemen – Imdad Ansari, the officer in charge of the MGM Police Station, and Patamda Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajay Kerketta – of rape. She said the accused also made a video to blackmail her, PTI reported.
It is not known when the incident took place.
Das ordered a CID inquiry based on a complaint filed by Jharkhand Human Rights Commission chief Manoj Mishra. The chief minister has asked for the report within a month, the Hindustan Times said.
The child’s mother had filed a criminal writ petition in the Jharkhand High Court on March 13 demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry. She had provided a list of 16 accused whom the girl had identified during questioning.
Mishra told the chief minister that the police were trying to shield the accused. But Jamshedpur Senior Superintendent of Police Anoop Birthare claimed the police inquiry had been “neutral”. He said the police had arrested three accused named in the first information report – Indrapal Saini, Shiv Mahato and Srikant Mahato – and sent them to jail. Birthare said Ansari and Kerketta have been transferred.
“We’ve recorded statements of 100 people but we don’t have enough evidence to send other accused,” he claimed. “We also sent the three arrested accused for brain mapping and narco analysis to Gandhinagar.”
The complainant told the chief minister that she had identified the doctor who had carried out her abortion at a nursing home in Sakchi village.