NCST issues arrest warrant against DMs, SPs of Nashik, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra

NewsDrum Desk
24 Jan 2023

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has issued an arrest warrant against district magistrates and superintendents of police of Nashik and Ahmednagar in Maharashtra for failing to appear in a case pertaining to the sale of tribal children.

The commission on Monday ordered Maharashtra DGP Rajnish Seth to arrest and produce the four officials before it on February 1.

According to an NCST official, the commission had taken suo-motu cognisance of media reports pertaining to the sale of tribal children from the Katkari community in Igatpuri taluka in Nashik district.

The matter had come to light after the death of a tribal girl in September last year.

A probe into her death revealed that around 30 tribal children had been sold for Rs 5,000 and a sheep each over the last few years.

The commission noted that police did not register FIRs in all cases and summoned Gangadharan D, District Magistrate, Nashik; Rajendra B Bhosale, District Magistrate, Ahmednagar; Rakesh Ola, SP, Ahmednagar; and Shahaji Umap, SP, Nashik Rural to appear before it in connection with the case earlier this month.

When the officials did not appear before it, the commission exercised the power of a civil court conferred upon it under Section 8 of Article 338A of the Constitution and issued a warrant for their arrest, according to the order. PTI GVS RHL

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