Delhi

Fresh probe ordered into biker’s death

Youth died in February after metal wire used to tie police barricades slit his throat

Fresh investigation has been ordered into a 10-month-old case where a 21-year-old biker died after a metal wire used for tying police barricades to poles allegedly slit his throat in north-west Delhi’s Netaji Subhash Place, as the responsibility has not been yet been fixed.

Victim Abhishek Kashyap, who lived in Shakurpur JJ colony, was preparing for Delhi and UP Police constable recruitment exam.

‘No departmental probe’

Abhishek, who also used to work as a part-time DJ, died in the early hours of February 8 this year. A case on charges of causing death due to negligence was registered. Disciplinary action was taken against the then Station House Officer (SHO) and seven others. However, the SHO, who was sent to District Lines at the time was transferred to North district where he is currently deployed. Sources said that no departmental enquiry into the role of the SHO has been conducted.

Last week, a 15-point instruction was ordered to investigate into the matter. DCP (North-West) Aslam Khan confirmed the development and said that she had ordered the investigation and asked for explanation from the concerned Investigating Officer.

The investigators have been asked to find out who was responsible for putting the barricades where the biker was killed, who actually had put them and also why the barricades were tired with the wire.

The investigators have also been asked about the brief given by the SHO to beat staff and night patrolling staff and whether an enquiry has been conducted in connection with the negligence on the part of the SHO who is responsible for placement of barricades in his area. Questions like who was on night duty at the time of the incident and whether they have been examined still remain unanswered.

Sources said that in the report submitted to senior officers, it was stated that some “unknown” person had tied the wire. The investigators have now been asked to prove the same and if it is established, then to find out the purpose of the same.

In the report submitted to senior officers the negligence on the part of the police, who are deployed to supervise or man the barricades, was not stated and the same has been questioned in the latest line of instructions.

When asked about the order, Ms. Khan said that that the instructions were given after she examined the progress report.

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