Gorakhpur DM, SSP try to hush up trader’s murder in viral video

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Gorakhpur DM, SSP try to hush up trader’s murder in viral video

Friday, 01 October 2021 | Preetam Srivastava | Lucknow

The sensational murder of a Kanpur-based businessman by Gorakhpur police took a new twist after a video went viral on Thursday. The video showed how senior officials of the district which included District Magistrate Vijay Kiran Anand and SSP Gorakhpur Vipin Tada allegedly tried to dissuade the family of the victim from lodging a case.

The video raised questions on the functioning of the top officials and pointed that instead of taking immediate cognizance and acting tough on the brutal act of the cops, the DM and the SSP were trying to bail them out by discouraging the victim’s family from taking any action.

“I am requesting you like an elder brother. After a court case, you will not believe, it takes years in court,” one of the officials said to be the DM can be seen telling the victim’s family.

Another official said to be the SSP Gorakhpur heard saying, “They did not have any previous enmity. They went in uniform and that is why I have been listening to you since morning. You asked for them to be suspended and I did that. They will not be reinstated till they get a clean chit.”

Victim’s wife Meenakshi replied in the video, “They should either be removed completely, or I want a life for a life.” 

Further, in another video that went viral, Meenakshi is seen crying at the hotel where the incident took place, alleging that the hotel cleaned all the blood, further suggesting a cover-up.

Meenakshi later also confirmed as authentic a viral video showing Gorakhpur SSP Vipin Tada and District Magistrate Vijay Kiran Anand discouraging Gupta’s family from registering an FIR against the cops.

Meenakshi said that the first information report (FIR) was registered against six policemen under section of murder on condition that three named persons be marked as unidentified. Though the cops were previously suspended, no arrest has been made so far.

Responding to the clip, SSP Tada said, “We had gone to meet the family and address their grievances. The district magistrate and I held talks for more than two hours. There were local journalists present. We took the complaint from the family and later registered an FIR. A small clip of the conversation without context is being circulated.”

Meanwhile the FIR at Ramgarhtal police station in Gorakhpur (CM Yogi Adityanath’s constituency) is lodged under IPC Section 302 (murder) against Ramgarhtal SHO Jagat Narayan Singh and Sub-Inspectors Akshay Mishra and Vijay Yadav, apart from three unidentified policemen. Interestingly tops police officials claims since the incident that victim died after he fell in the room also falls flat when the post-mortem report has revealed several injuries sustained by Gupta, including an abraded contusion swelling in the middle of forehead, “cutting brain skull underneath brain haematoma present”, lacerated wound over right arm, “abraded contusion on left upper lid while cutting skin underneath haematoma present”, among others.

The cause of death is “coma antemortem injury.” SSP Tada was later quoted as saying that the post-mortem report showed three injuries -- on the right elbow, forehead, and an eyelid. He adds, “As per the report, the cause of death is coma. All injuries are superficial.”

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