DALTONGANJ: A total of 93 cases related to Maoists are pending in the district of Garhwa. DIG, Palamu, Praveen Kumar Singh, said this on Tuesday after a review meeting. The DIG said 16 cases are pending for over five years, while 55 cases are pending for a little over a year. The Garhwa S P, Michael Raj, has been asked to dispose of 16 cases by the end of September this year. Singh said the backlog was because of a huge load on investigating officers. Each officer has to handle at least eight cases on an average, he said.
However, about the quality of investigations, the DIG had reservations. He cited a few cases where the investigations were faulty. The first case that the DIG cited was of that of four people being accused in a land mine case. He reiterated that can bombs and land mines invite severe sections of the Explosives Act but the investigating police officer overlooked it and the accused got bail. tnn
Another case the DIG cited was of a Maoist being lodged in the Garhwa jail. The investigating officer prayed to the court for the issuance of a warrant to seize the property of the accused.
Vexed at such inept and faulty investigations, the DIG ordered departmental proceedings against seven sub-inspectors and an assistant sub-inspector of Garhwa police.