Kolkata, 7 February
Around two years after a housewife was declared dead in a train accident, the state Home department has directed the Hooghly district administration to "start an enquiry into the matter".
This comes after the victim’s husband, Mr OP Tiwari wrote letters to the Prime Minister, the Home Ministry, the Chief Minister and senior state government officials contending that his wife is still alive and police "had prepared a fake post-mortem report" as a constable was allegedly involved in his wife’s kidnap.
Mr Tiwari, who resides in a rented flat opposite Uttarpara police station in Hooghly, had lodged a complaint on 17 December 2011. The complaint was against a constable, who was earlier posted at Uttarpara police station, and his friend alleging that they had taken away his wife, Jharna Tiwari Chakraborty.
She was "shown killed" in a train accident in Panipat just five days after the complaint was lodged. But, police informed Mr Tiwari about his wife’s death a month after the incident. Moreover, the photocopy of the victim’s post-mortem report that police had handed over to the Mr Tiwari had the accused constable’s friend’s name as her husband.
Mr Tiwari was resilient all this while, demanding to know the truth, and also knowing that it was not possible for his wife to reach Panipat alone and had raised questions about the incorrect name in the photocopy.
Finally, on 18 November 2013, the state home department sent letters (including petitions of the victim’s family) to both the district magistrate and superintendent of police (SP) of Hooghly district and urged them to "enquire into the matter". A report about the action taken against the complaint lodged on 17 December 2011 also needs to be sent to the home department.
Again on 22 January, additional district magistrate (development), Hooghly, wrote a letter to the district’s SP seeking him "to take immediate and necessary action in this matter".
In the third letter dated 23 September 2013 from the Centre to the state in this connection, Mr Anup Yadav, deputy legal advisor, ministry of home affairs, wrote to the state home secretary requesting him to "get the matter examined …on priority basis".
Moreover, the deputy legal advisor had urged the state to inform them about the "factual position" of the case to both the Union home ministry and the victim’s husband.