The Rajasthan police on Tuesday said they would renew efforts to trace a former senior police officer, who has been absconding for nearly 13 years after being chargesheeted for allegedly raping a tribal woman.
The woman was allegedly abducted, taken to Noida in Uttar Pradesh and raped by the former Deputy Inspector General Madhukar Tandon in January 1997. Police said they had submitted the charge sheet in the case against Mr. Tandon the same year, but he had absconded by then and was later declared a fugitive.
As the victim, hailing from Rajasthan’s Dausa district, sat on a dharna here on Tuesday along with her family members and Independent MP Kirori Lal Meena, Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the government will find out why the official was not arrested.
Additional Director General of Police K. L. Bairwa said, “we will renew the efforts [to trace Tandon] and the CID will also pursue it.”
He said the CID investigated the case only for a month before filing a charge sheet against the officer. “We will also coordinate with the police of other States where he could be found,” the ADG told a private television channel.
On Tuesday night, Mr. Meena held a closed door meeting with Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal at the Minister’s residence on the issue.
However, the meeting ended with no result and Mr. Meena threatened to launch a mass agitation.