Brand-new DELHI: Suggesting that the farmer’s death at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday could have been “induced and accidental”, Delhi Police has registered an FIR invoking sections of abetment (306 IPC) and causing death due to accident (304A).
The section related to obstructing policemen and public servants (186 Indian Penal Code) has also been incorporated in the FIR registered at Parliament Street police station. The case has been transferred to the crime branch and a report sent to the home ministry.
The tragic death at a time when the Land Acquisition Bill has got all political parties to champion the farmers’ cause, with the BJP feeling isolated, has got the home ministry to order an inquiry and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to seek a separate magisterial probe.
Police commissioner B S Bassi said the matter was being probed by a team led by the joint commissioner of police. He said inquest proceedings were initiated but the police later registered an FIR.
According to eyewitness accounts and police sources, farmer Gajendra Singh had climbed the tree after being provoked by a group of people. A police officer said video footage showed some people giving him a helping hand and also handing him a broom. Singh is seen waving the broom and people standing below are applauding. Thereafter, he is seen tying one end of his gamcha (towel) to a branch of the tree and the other to his neck.
Now, while it seems he jumped, there’s another theory that he accidentally slipped and fell.
In fact, Mohammad Shahid, a resident of Naraina, who had caught Gajendra as he fell, said he could have slipped as the branch he was resting his foot on was not very wide.
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The policemen standing in the vicinity of the tree are reported to have said that the volunteers had stopped them from approaching the man. A use of force may have led to a stampede, they have reportedly told their seniors.
A postmortem has been conducted and the police action is based on prima facie medical findings of asphyxia and a fracture in the neck as the cause of death, said a source.
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