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Case of the missing Cop: HC directs PP to ascertain status

Nagaland News

Dimapur, November 23: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court on Wednesday directed the Public Prosecutor to ascertain the status of an FIR filed in 2013 by a woman in Dimapur about her missing husband, a traffic cop.

According to Court records, the case pertains to a writ petition filed on December 21, 2020, by the woman ~ Abeu Mech ~ who had submitted that her husband, Chandra Mech, who was serving as a Traffic Constable under DEF, Dimapur, for more than 30 years had gone untraceable since March 22, 2013.

She had then filed an FIR before the Officer-in-Charge of East Police Station, Dimapur, on March 24, 2013. “Despite all efforts, the petitioner’s husband remained untraceable and the employer of the petitioner’s husband i.e., the Superintendant of Police, Dimapur, Nagaland, which is now the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Nagaland (respondent No. 4) passed the impugned order dated January 30, 2014 declaring the husband of the petitioner as deserter and dismissed him from service with effect from March 23, 2013.

“Although the petitioner submitted a representation before the respondent No. 4 but as there is no response from the said authority, the petitioner being aggrieved is before this Court”, it stated.

Since then, the Court had heard the case on 10 occasions.

In Wednesday’s hearing, Justice Devashis Baruah observed that as per materials on record, an FIR was filed on March 24, 2013 by the petitioner “alleging the missing of her husband”.

“It appears from the said FIR that the GD Entry No. 12/13 dated March 25, 2013 was given. The learned Counsel for the State respondent, who is also the PP of the Government of Nagaland, is directed to take appropriate instruction in the matter as to what is the status of the said FIR”, read the order.

He listed the matter to be heard again on November 28.

(Page News Service)