Police couple let off despite thrashing students
NAGPUR: A constable couple has been allowed to go scot-free despite allegedly thrashing three tribal students after barging into their hostel in August this year. They were enraged over alleged eve-teasing of their daughter, who studies at the same school in Etapalli taluka of Gadchiroli. Etapalli police have kept the matter under inquiry without taking action against the couple, Netaji Kawle and wife Sushila.
Local rights bodies, one of which has written a protest letter, in possession of TOI, has criticized the administration for not taking action against the couple. They continue to be posted at Etapalli police station even three months after the incident. Etapalli police have not even registered non-cognizable offence in the case. Neither have the three students been booked for misbehaving with the fellow student. It is learnt that the medical examination of the students was also done, but the matter was hushed up as money exchanged hands.
A human rights body in Etapalli has demanded immediate action against the OBC constable couple under relevant sections of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act for thrashing students from tribal community.
Sources in Gadchiroli said Netaji and his wife were angry over the harassment of their daughter, so they thrashed Vilas Lekami, Manoj Gota and Bapu Kawdo in the hostel. The police couple did not even talk to the hostel authorities before barging into the hostel. They insulted the boys, students of standard V and VI, for being part of the Madia tribe who now enjoy government facilities. The boys were also threatened with dire consequences. The hostel authorities and officials tried to dissuade the constable couple, but they went ahead and thrashed the boys.
Apparently, the couple later apologized before senior officials and also tried to ‘settle’ the matter with some local leaders and police officials.
Sources said a sub-inspector of Etapalli was assigned the probe, but he has not completed it till date. Seniors officials too have not taken any decision in the matter .
Sub-divisional police officer Datta Nalawade told TOI he would send a report to his seniors for further action. “We are to send a default report against the constable couple soon,” he said.