No Justice Even After 8 Months, Claim Parents



Eight months after their minor son died under mysterious circumstances after being detained by Dharavi police for mobile theft, the Jaiswar family has not yet claimed his body.

Indu & Ravindra Jaiswar with the photo of their son Sachin

The body of 17-year-old Sachin Jaiswar continues to lie at JJ Hospital morgue while the family runs from pillar to post to register an FIR against Dharavi police station officials who they alleged tortured him. “We want justice and until an FIR is registered against the policemen responsible for my son’s death, I will not conduct his last rites,” said Ravindra Jaiswar, a resident of Dharavi.

Ravindra alleged even Bombay HC has refused to entertain his petition after the crime branch probe gave a clean chit to the cops.

“We have sought CCTV footage of Dharavi police station of July 13 night under the RTI Act when my son was detained, but they have refused to give it saying inquiry is on,” said Sachin’s mother, Indu. Their appeal against this decision is pending, said Imran Shaikh, a social activist pursuing the case.

The autopsy report submitted by the crime branch states pneumonia was the cause of Sachin’s death. Police have ruled out foul play and said they were awaiting forensic reports.

“It is rubbish. Forty-eight hours after being released, Sachin had told us the cops had beaten him with bamboo sticks and forced him to admit to the crime, which he had not committed. This bolsters our argument that Sachin died of third-degree torture and developed pneumonia as he was locked inside the toilet and forced to drink the dirty water inside,” added Ravindra Jaiwar.

Jaiswar had earlier approached the Bandra magistrate court seeking an FIR against the police officers involved.

Sachin was detained on July 13, 2018 for stealing the mobile phone of a youth near Dharavi bus depot. He was let off on July 14 midnight. The next day, he developed a fever. His health subsequently deteriorated and he died on July 21.