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Change official in dowry death case, Govt. urged

Staff Correspondent

`Main CoD officer is a relative of the accused'

MADIKERI: Women from several stree shakti groups from Virajpet taluk in Kodagu on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office, urging the State Government to change the officer of the Corps of Detectives (CoD) investigating the alleged dowry death case fearing subversion of justice.

The women alleged that the main CoD official, who hails from Kodagu, is Shobha's mother-in-law's brother. Shobha was allegedly shot dead by her father-in-law, M. Cariappa, at Birunani in Virajpet taluk on May 5.

The officer was acting in a partisan manner by favouring the accused. The CoD team arrived on Saturday at 6.30 p.m. and recorded the statements of the people living in and around the house where Shobha was murdered, they said.

The team went to the spot again on Sunday and was inside the house for more than one-and-half hours. The ceiling tiles that were broken when the crime was committed were replaced with the help of one of the men and an official was seen going out with a handbag.

The team had also taken away the jewellery of the victim and when Shobha's sister questioned an official about it, the officer reportedly abused her in foul language, the women complained.

These events could lead to destruction of evidence and injustice to the victim's family. The advocate assisting the CoD team is also a relative of the accused, they said. Therefore, the probe should be handed over to another officer, they contended.

The Madikeri MLA, K.G. Bopaiah, who received a memorandum from the delegation, assured them that he would take up the issue with the authorities concerned in Bangalore on Wednesday.

If the officer investigating the case had committed dereliction of duty, a replacement would be sought, he said.

The in-charge Deputy Commissioner, P. Subramaniam, to whom the women handed over a memorandum, said he will submit the same to the Government.

If the members still felt unhappy, they could seek remedy through the legal process.

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