Pune, January 15, 2016
Ibrahim Mehboob Shaikh, Zuber Tamboli (26), and his brother Imran Tamboli (28) forced 16 year old rag picker-Sawan Dharma Rathore to drink petrol and set him on fire. The victim passed away this morning while under treatment at Pune’s Sasoon hospital
“They accused me of stealing bike batteries, and started beating, abusing me. They burnt me without any fault of mine,” said the teenager while he was under treatment yesterday, according to reports.
Dnyaneshwar Bhosale (senior police inspector at Faraskhana) told journalists that the boy was from Pandharpur and used to work as rag picker. Three accused approached him on Wednesday (January 13), and started abusing him. They forced him to drink petrol, doused him in petrol and burned him. Later, they left the victim near PMC head office at Shivajinagar, in front of darga and fled.
The victim somehow contacted his friends and went at Kasba Police Chowki to file an FIR. He was under treatment at Sasoon hospital and passed away this morning.
Police officials claim that all suspects were under the influence of alcohol. The incident has once again raised serious questions about the law and order situation in Pune. News reports clearly show how crime spurt has forced people to tweak their lifestyle in Pune.
Pune police gave incorrect information to journalists?
As observed in several other cases handled by Pune police, even this one has twists and turns. This afternoon, journalists tracked the victim’s father-Dharma. He came to Pune from Yavatmal recently. Dharma has claimed that his son came to Pune before few days as he had a tiff with family members. Later, family members followed him to Pune, but they were not able to find him.
Victim’s relative Ramesh Rathod is an advocate. He recently interacted with journalists and pointed out that Sawan (the victim) did not get appropriate treatment at Sasoon. He also pointed out that police did not record victim’s dying statement and had not charged section 120 b, plus section 302 (murder) on culprits. After being approached again, SPI Bhosale said they are adding both charges in the case.
Journal 24’s view
Were accused influenced after watching ISIS videos?
This incident may remind some of us about how ISIS burns people alive. Social activist who does not wish to be named suggests that police should investigate the reason behind this action. Are suspects following some ideology? Did they watch ISIS videos showing IS-fighters burning people alive? Do they have any criminal background?
Most importantly, why did police claim that the boy was orphan when his parents and uncle were present in the city? SPI Bhosale said boy was from Pandharpur, but victim’s father says they are from Yavatmal. Perhaps, this case needs CID investigation to probe the accused as well as police officials who twisted the case by giving incorrect information and hiding details, probably to save the culprits from harsh punishment.
Hope authorities put this case on fast-track and give justice to the victim’s soul so that he can rest in peace. It is very important to show the society that Pune is not Syria.
What can you do to make sure that the victim gets justice?
Even if you are not legal expert, you can simply write email or letter to the following individuals demanding NIA probe in the case-
- Ranjeet Patil
Minister of State, Maharashtra
Departments: Minister of State for Home (Urban), Urban Development, General Administration, Law & Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, Maharashtra
5th Floor, 540, Extension Building,
Dr. Madam Cama Road,
Office Ph: 022-22875930, 22876342
- Shri K. P. Bakshi, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary, Home
Email ID: email@example.com
- Shri Devendra Fadnavis
Chief Minister, Maharashtra
Chief Minister, Home Affairs, General Administration, Urban Development, Law & Judiciary, Ports, Tourism, Information and Public Relations, Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare, Employment & Self-employment
6th Floor, Main Building,
Dr. Madam Cama Road,
Office Ph:022-22025151, 22025222,22793340, Fax: 22029294
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