Court issues summon to Investigators in La Martiniere boys college death

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 Lucknow: A lower court has issued summon to two policemen for allegedly botching up the murder case of Rahul Sridhar a class IX student of La Martiniere Boys College in 2015.

The order was issued after Rahul’s family filed a complaint in the court against then SHO Gautampalli Surendra Katiyar and sub-inspector Ram Naresh Singh. The family had claimed that Rahul was murdered but the two policemen tampered with the evidences to show it a suicide.

 The family had then moved to the court and filed a complaint against the cops in September 2017. Rahul Sridhar (15) allegedly fell to his death from the 100-foot-high Constantia building on La Martiniere College campus on April 10, 2015.

Rahul’s mother Annamma told TOI that on the fateful day she had written an application for fair investigation in her child’s murder but SHO Gautampalli Surendra Katiyar got drafted another application in Hindi and forced me to sign it (she is a Keralite so does not understand Hindi).  

She also claimed that the inquest performed on body of Rahul by the two cops was tampered. She alleged that her signatures were used for two different persons as witness on inquest. The procedure of performing inquest in presence of the magistrate was also not followed by the two cops.

The bedsheet in which body of Rahul was brought to the mortuary of civil hospital in Hazratganj was burnt while his school-uniform went missing. Also, police recovered Rahul’s phone 24 hours later that was tampered clearly showing intension of cops acting at the behest of school administration, she stated in her complaint to the court.

“My elder son Rohit Kumar’s application to register an FIR in the murder of Rahul was accepted two days, blatantly defying the Supreme Court rules of registering FIR immediately,” added Annamma.

Alok Kumar Singh, lawyer of the family added that tracing of one Larry Conners on Facebook with whom Rahul Sridhar kept in touch was also overlooked by the cops.

 Chief Judicial Magistrate Anand Prakash Singh has taken cognizance of the allegations of the family and instructed SHO Gautampalli Surendra Katiyar and sub-inspector Ram Naresh Singh to appear before the court on April 5.

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