2 months on, cops ‘urge’ family to cremate body

The Banaskantha police Sunday met the family members of a 42-year-old tribal man, who was allegedly murdered on December 4 last year at Magvas village, and reportedly requested them to cremate the body.

The family at Chikhla village has been refusing to cremate the body, demanding an FIR of murder be registered even as the police have been calling it a case of accidental death.

A team of Banaskantha police reached the Khedrahma police station in the afternoon and recorded statement of the deceased's daughter Sumi. She claimed that her father Jivaji Bumbadiya was killed over business rivalry.

She identified four persons allegedly involved the incident, including son of a local police constable.

Bumbadiya's brother Navji said the police called them to Khedbrahma police station at 12 noon and their meeting lasted for more than six hours. He claimed the police assured them of lodging an FIR on Monday and requested them to cremate the body. But the family refused to do so, saying it will happen only after the FIR is lodged and the accused are arrested, Navji said.

Senior police officers, however, ruled out the possibility of lodging a murder case FIR, saying Bumbadiya died in an accident.

Sabarkantha Superintendent of Police Chirag Kordia said the police were trying to settle the issue by involving some tribal leaders in their talks.

Mock drill tests cops' alertness

The city police Sunday conducted a mock drill to check the alertness of its cops in the wake of a series of loot and theft cases reported were witnessed recently.

As part of the drill, the control room flashed a message around 2pm to the city police that two men on a motorcycle have robbed a local. They gave them a four-digit registration number of the motorbike, based on which a search was launched for the "robbers".

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