Indore, Apr 21 (PTI) A man arrested for allegedly raping and killing a four-month-old infant was today assaulted by people when he was being taken to a magisterial court here, officials said.

Superintendent of Police (SP) BPS Parihar said the accused did not sustain any injury in the attack.

Amid outrage over the rape-murder of the infant, the State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh has asked lawyers here not to represent the accused, Naveen Gadge, who was remanded in police custody for two days by the court. State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh (SBCMP) member, Sunil Gupta, has appealed to Indore advocates not to plead for Gadge, Indore District Bar Association President PC Malviya said. However, Malviya said that they had not adopted a resolution in this connection yet.

“We had a hard time protecting the accused. When he was being taken to the court, he was attacked and slapped (by people present there). The same thing was repeated when he came out of the court,” Inspector Avinash Singh Senger of Sarafa police station said.

“Some women did run with slippers to beat him but we protected the accused. He did not sustain any injury in the attack,” Parihar told PTI.

Gadge, who is a cousin of the victim’s mother, was arrested late last night from the city, a police official said. Initially, yesterday, police had detained three-four people in connection with the crime and had identified the main suspect as someone else. But today, Indore Deputy Inspector General H C Mishra told reporters that the police department had found Gadge as the accused in the case after a thorough investigation.

Mishra also said the department had suspended a policeman attached to Sarafa police station for alleged dereliction of duty. Assistant Sub-Inspector Trilok Singh Varkadhe has been accused by the girl’s family of not registering a complaint when they approached him.

“When the worried parents came to the police station yesterday morning to file a complaint about their missing child, the ASI turned them away and asked them to come in the afternoon when the inspector-in-charge would register an FIR,” DIG Mishra stated to the Press Trust of India.


Information Courtesy Press Trust of India

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