After relentless efforts by KPCC Professionals Cell and the brave front put up by Mark Rego, justice has been delivered to him.
As you may all recall, we launched a wide social and commercial media campaign protesting against the inaction by the police dept. The accused were let off by the police after they paid a paltry fine since they were booked under a non-cognizable offence. A strongly worded petition was sent to the top brass of the dept by us, urging them to conduct a better investigation.
As a result, the jurisdictional ACP was appointed as the investigation officer for the case in which it was originally the Cubbon Park PS SHO who was responsible. Subsequently the accused were taken into police custody for interrogation and thus their statements were recorded. Yesterday, I received a phone call from the said ACP asking me to come to go to his office with the complainant since the investigation had apparently been completed.
The prime accused in the case were produced before Mark and on identifying them, the ACP took up the process of FIR. However, on realizing the gravity of the situation and also on account of their present experience interacting with police dept, the accused parties pleaded guilty and offered a written unconditional apology to Mark and assured that they would never indulge in criminal activities. In light of this, Mark took a lenient view and decided to drop the charges against them, in consideration of their age and lives ahead. This is truly an act of benevolence by him even though these were the very people that had beaten him up mercilessly with no provocation.
What is very evident from this case is that had it not been for our efforts, the police dept would not have come around and cooperated in taking action against the accused. It is very sad that the bureaucracy needs to be constantly kept under vigilance failing which they may not discharge their duties. Nevertheless, on must appreciate the manner in which the police dept corrected the irregularities in their investigation and thus turned this case around wish such diligence.
Mark has asked me to extend his gratitude to entire organization for our support in this hour of need for him. We are very thankful to the media for giving due publicity to this issue.