3 years on, man, son acquitted in false hate crime case in Madhya Pradesh | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

3 years on, man, son acquitted in false hate crime case in Madhya Pradesh

By, Bhopal
Jan 25, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Though she returned to her village in March last year and recorded her statement at the Amarwada police station, the police took 10 months to establish that she was indeed Kanchan

Nearly 10 months after Kanchan Uike returned home to defend her father and brother, incarcerated for killing her in a hate crime, a court in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh acquitted the two and asked the inspector general of police (IGP) to take action against the investigating officer.

Kanchan, then a 14-year-old tribal girl, went missing from her home in Jopnala village in June 2014 (Getty Images)
Kanchan, then a 14-year-old tribal girl, went missing from her home in Jopnala village in June 2014 (Getty Images)

Kanchan, then a 14-year-old tribal girl, went missing from her home in Jopnala village in June 2014. After failing to trace her for seven years, the police in early 2021 came up with a theory that she had been killed by her father Sannu Uikey (54) and brother Sunny (18).

Now catch your favourite game on Crickit. Anytime Anywhere. Find out how

In a 42-page charge sheet submitted before the judicial magistrate (first class) in Amarawada on March 12, 2021, the police said the accused were angered by an alleged relationship she was in, beat her to death and buried her body under a mango tree in the village.

Though she returned to her village in March last year and recorded her statement at the Amarwada police station, the police took 10 months to establish that she was indeed Kanchan, which was eventually proven by the DNA report during reinvestigation, defence lawyer Subodh Shrivasatva said.

On Tuesday, the Amarwada sessions and district court acquitted her father and brother. “The investigation officer in the case, then sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) Santosh Dehariya conducted the probe with utmost carelessness and extreme dullness. The accused had to be detained in unnecessary judicial custody. A copy of the decision should be sent to the Inspector General of Police, Chhindwara, for taking disciplinary action against the investigating officer,” Amarwada additional sessions judge Sandeep Kumar Patil said in the order.

After his acquittal, Sunny Uike said it was his second life. “We were fabricated in the false case. We were forced to recover the bone from the area which was burial ground of our ancestors. Had Kanchan not returned, I could not have proved my innocence,” he said.

(With inputs from Bhojraj Raghuvanshi in Chhindwara)

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Budget 2024, Arunachal CM Oath Ceremony Live, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On