A Civil Court in Bihar’s Chapra district acquitted two persons who were jailed in a murder case after the police found that the victim was alive.
Two persons spent one and a half years in jail on charges of the woman’s murder. Such cases speak volumes of police investigation before filing chargesheet and also court’s finding before sentencing someone to jail.
On May 15, 2019, a woman named Sweety Devi and her minor son disappeared from Kakarhat village that falls under Derni police station. Indrajeet Baidha, the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Madhaura has briefed media on the matter.
Sweety got married to Manbodh Kumar in the year 2008. The husband was mentally unstable. On the day of her disappearance, Sweety informed her family that she was visiting her parents’ home at Bajitpur, however, she never reached there. Baidha said,
Two days after the disappearance of Sweety, a woman was found murdered on the banks of the Dabra river near Hakma village. When Sweety’s father Vijay Singh was called for identification, he identified the dead body as Sweety through her anklets.
Singh also blamed her in-laws for the murder. After allegations, the then investigation officer Shivnath Ram arrested two persons, including a woman on the charges of murder.
The two arrested persons were Kumar’s elder brother and his wife.
Police Cracks False Case
There were a few missing elements in the case, hence when Baidha took charge as the SDPO Madhaurah, he re-investigated the matter in details. The officer was doubtful whether the dead body of the woman that was identified by her father, was indeed of that of the victim. The police now suspected that perhaps the body was not of Sweety and also there was no information on the whereabouts of her 7-year-old son.
As there was a missing link, I changed the investigating officer of the case and handed over to Vikas Kumar, the SHO of the Bheldi police station. We suspected that the anklets could not be a conclusive way of identification.
The officer also added,
During the investigation, it came to light that Sweety had gone to Mumbai. However, her location was not established. A police team from Bheldi police station mounted surveillance on Sweety’s family, and from the local intelligence, came to know about her returning to Muzaffarpur via the Pawan express train. Subsequently, a trap was laid and police nabbed her along with minor son on Friday.
Lastly, Baidha concluded,
We presented the woman in the civil court, and thus the judge immediately passed an order of acquittal of the two persons who had been languishing in jail for the past one and half years.
The former investigating officer Shivnath Ram will now face an inquiry against him after department’s recommendation.