A Bihar police official, who allegedly killed his Dalit colleague for sitting in the front seat of a police jeep last year and is absconding since then, could see his property attached.
The direction to attach the property of Yadav was given by the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to the Saran range deputy inspector general of police and superintendent of police.
The killing occured in September 2013 in Saran when the accused Ajay Kumar Singh Yadav allegedly shot sub inspector Krishna Baitha in Saran's Baniapur police station for his "crime." Baitha was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries the same night.
Following the September incident, deceased Baitha's son Surendra Kumar Rajak filed an FIR against Yadav on 2 September 2013, Hindustan Times reported.
"SI Yadav told my father that being a dhobi (a scheduled caste), how could he sit in the front seat of the vehicle. He then took out his service revolver and fired at my father," said Raak.
"My father was rushed to the Patna Medical College Hospital where he regained consciousness for a while but died later that night," he added.
Even after a year, the killer, Yadav has been absconding and Bihar police has not been able to arrest him.
SHRC panel member Neelmani had asked the DIG to submit a report from Saran SP, following which, the DIG submitted a report saying Yadav is liable for offences under Section 302/IPC, 27 arms act and the 3(2)(v) SC/ST act. Also, he has been placed under suspension.
The SHRC has also asked the district magistrate of Saran to ensure the family of Baitha gets the compensation of 7.5 lakh, as they are entitled to under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2014.
The SHRC has asked Saran range DIG and SP to complete the investigation by 31 January, 2015.