Two months after tribal’s death, cops ‘urge’ kin to cremate body

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

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

A a team of Banaskantha police went to the Khedrahma police station and recorded the statement of the deceased's daughter Sumi. She claimed her father Jivaji Bumbadiya was killed by business rivals.

She accused four persons of his murder, including the son of a police constable.

Bumbadiya's brother Navji said the police called them to Khedbrahma 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, saying Bumbadiya died in an accident.

Sabarkantha SP Chirag Kordia said the police were trying to settle the issue by involving tribal leaders in talks.

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