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Complainant Never Filed A Case, Accused Arrested Is Not The Accused Mentioned In FIR: All That Is Wrong With Barmer Journalist’s Arrest

Rajasthan police received an FIR from the Bihar police on WhatsApp.

On August 21, a Barmer-based journalist, Durg Singh Rajpurohit, was arrested in relation to a first information report (FIR) filed against him in Bihar by a person named Rakesh Paswan under the ScheduledCaste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. 

However, the case of Rajpurohit’s arrest is full of oddities. First, the FIR on the basis of which Rajpurohit was arrested, names Barmer businessman ‘Durgesh Singh’ as the accused. Moreover, Paswan, who is the plaintiff, alleges that he never filed theFIR.

Unfolding The Mystery 

What does the FIR say?

On May 31, Paswan filed a complaint in Patna’s special SC/ST court, under the SC/ST Act. Paswan recorded his statement on June 2. In the statement, Paswan alleges that he was assaulted by Durgesh Singh on several occasions and Singh also hurled casteist slurs at Paswan, reported Newslaundary.

Paswan worked for six months for Singh, who owns several businesses in Rajasthan. Singh also did not pay outstanding wages of Rs 72,000. After Paswan returned to Bihar, Singh visited Patna thrice. On these three occasions, Singh met with Paswan and pressured and threatened the latter to return to work. 

On one occasions, the accused accompanied by four others, dragged Paswan out of his house in Digha Ghat, abused him and then beat him up. The dates on which Singh visited Patna, as mentioned in the statement are April 15, April 28, and May 7, 2018.

 Durg Singh Rajpurohit’s arrest

On August 18, Barmer’s Superintendent of Police (SP) called Rajpurohit, informing him of the FIR. Rajpurohit was told that he was now under arrest. 

From there, three Rajasthan police officials and Rajpurohit’s family accompanied Rajpurohit to Patna, where he surrendered before the court, reported Newslaundry. 

Rajpurohit was presented in the SC/ST court on August 21.

Paswan never filed any complaint against “Durgesh Singh” or Rajpurohit 

On August 21, Paswan told Dainik Bhaskar that he never filed an FIR against Singh and doesn’t even know him. He further claimed that he has never even visited Barmer. Paswan said, “I didn’t file the case; (I) have not been to Barmer.”

All that is wrong with police’s investigation

Dev Kishan, Rajpurohit’s former teacher and a journalist told Newslaundary that the Rajasthan police received the FIR on WhatsApp. Also, the vehicle in which the family and Rajasthan police officials travelled to Patna, was booked by Rajpurohit’s family. As per rules, the vehicle should have been provided by the Bihar police or Rajasthan police.

Moreover, no Bihar police personnel came to arrest Rajpurohit, considering the FIR was lodged in Bihar.  

Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj toldThe Times of India, “The warrant was sent to Barmer police for execution from my office. Patna police has no role at all in the case as it was a complaint lodged directly before the SC/ST court which issued the warrant.”

Furthermore, according to reports, Rajpurohit was in Barmer on the day when Paswan was allegedly attacked in Bihar. A picture shared on Rajpurohit’s Facebook reveals that he was attending an event in a Barmer Café on May 7.

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