Indore cop who allegedly set minor girl ablaze arrested
INDORE: Three days after 11-year-old Class V student girl Yasmin was allegedly set ablaze by next door neighbour cop Prakash Jaroliya inside her rented cubbyhole in city’s congested Sadar Bazar area, the city police on Sunday booked the accused cop for murder and arrested him. The minor, who aspired becoming doctor had succumbed to 96% burns at the MY Hospital’s Burn Ward on Saturday early morning.
Video clip of severely burnt Yasmin telling her cousin Shahnawaz about being set afire by next door neighbour cop Prakash Jaroliya for stealing his daughter’s bicycle had put the city police under tremendous pressure to book the accused cop for murder, since Saturday late night.
In the two minute-plus clip, severely burnt Yasmin is seen responding to cousin Shahnawaz’s questions in writhing pain possibly on MY Hospital’s burn ward bed. The clip shows Yasmin confirming that it was the next door cop who set her ablaze. She also confirmed to Shahnawaz about the cop having immolated her after thrashing her for stealing his daughter’s bicycle.
Huge crowd had protested outside Sadar Bazar police station on Saturday late night to demand lodging of murder case against Prakash.
“The cop, who is posted as clerk at zonal crime against women cell in Indore has been booked under Section 302 of IPC for murder. He has also been booked for criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful restraint and obscenity under Sections 294, 323, 341 and 506 of the same criminal law,” additional SP Vinay Prakash Paul told TOI on Sunday.
The murder case was lodged on Sunday afternoon, after the police vetted the girl’s video clip and recording statements of Yasmin’s mother Rehana Bi, cousin Shahnawaz and brother Mehfooz Ali.
Surprisingly, while Yasmin’s cousin recorded her statements on the hospital bed, the police failed to record it at the hospital, despite an administrative officer visiting the girl multiple times on Thursday and Friday and an assistant sub inspector of Sadar Bazar police station being present at the hospital both days for the same crucial task.
On Thursday afternoon, the 40-year-old cop Prakash, after spotting Yasmin ride his daughter’s bicycle missing since Wednesday had caught hold of the minor. He had subsequently thrashed her before dragging her inside the 8×10 ft rented cubbyhole in Sikandarabad Colony, where Yasmin stayed with widow mother and siblings. Around 10 minutes after Prakash left the place to return to his office, Yasmin was seen running out of the house all in flames.
While Yasmin’s family was alleging that she was set afire by Prakash, the cop himself was denying murder allegations and the city police was considering it a case of abetment of suicide.