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Shilpu case: Indore cops dilly-dallying in registering murder case


Claim to be waiting for medico legal report;  dropped Sec 306 from case diary

Indore: Two months on, the police are yet to amend the charge sheet to murder in connection with death of Shilpu Khushwah. The MP High Court had sought explanation from the government for the delay in amending the charges while police claimed that Section 306 has been withdrawn from the charge sheet. However, it is still dilly-dallying to register murder case under the guise of waiting for medico legal report.

It may be recalled that Shilpu fell to death from the fourth floor of Hotel Lemon Tree two months ago. She was employed with a company in the city and had gone to the hotel with her male friend Asutosh to meet their common friends Shailendra Saraswat and Neeraj Dandotiya.

Initially, police had charged the three boys under Section 306, abetting suicide and arrested them claiming that during the meeting the friends started drinking and Shilpu objected which led to an argument with Asutosh causing her to her to jump to death.

However, the case turned on its head when the autopsy report revealed that Shilpu was dead before she plunged to the ground and when the police did not amend the charge sheet Shilpu’s family went to court.

Shilpu’s maternal uncle, PS Khushwah, an advocate, said that police are keeping the family in dark and have even gone to the extent of saying that DNA test has returned positive but did not reveal in what sense it is positive.

Meanwhile Dilip Singh Choudhary, TI, Tukoganj police station said that Section 306 has been withdrawn from the case diary and added that police are waiting for the medico legal report to proceed further in the matter.  SP (East) Monica Shukla said that there has been no change in the charge sheet and the amendment will be made only when the medico legal report is received.