Nagpur: The case of alleged suicide of a gym trainer Prakash Jhakhar aka Jamesh Joseph last April has
reached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) who has directed city police to send an ‘action taken report’ in the matter.
James, a popular gym-trainer, had committed suicide at his Martin Nagar residence after being thrashed by constable Ajay Madavi at the instance of woman cop Bridgette James at his workplace. NHRC, upon a complaint by RTI activist Ankita Shah, has asked city police to send an ‘action taken report’ within four weeks.
NHRC took cognisance of the complaint filed by Shah, who raised the issue since Jaripatka police were taking no action in the offence of abetment registered against Madavi, Bridgette and her mother Jyoti. James’ widow mother Elizabeth, who had lost her only son, is now left with no support since James’ father had died of cancer last year. After James’ death, there is earning member in the family.
Shah’s complaint also notes that Madavi’s father Yeshwantrao is a head constable posted at Jaripatka police station, where the offence was registered. Also, James’ stolen mobile phone had crucial evidence in the matter. On the day of his death, neighbours had spotted Jyoti and her son Lucky sneaking out of the house with James’ mobile phone. However, the cops have not made any move to recover the mobile for proper investigation.
With cops apparently shielding the accused, Shah referred the matter to NHRC to ensure justice for James’ family. “The family should get natural justice, which police are clearly denying them at present,” she said. “The delay in arrest is only going in favour the accused, as they are getting time to destroy evidence and influence witnesses,” said Shah. She has demanded that the case be transferred to the crime branch.
Zonal DCP Krishnkumar Upadhyay said the NHRC directions are yet to reach him. “The reply would be furnished as per the merit of the case, depending upon the progress in investigations,” he said.