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Murder accused who is of unsound mind to be handed over to family as directed by law

Murder accused who is of unsound mind to be handed over to family as directed by law

Mangalore Today News Network

Moodbidri, May 13,2017: A person accused of murder with psychiatric disorder from a village in Chhattisgarh, who was booked for murdering a 73-year-old man in Moodbidri, has ordered to be  soon reunited with his kith and kin.

Murder accused

The First Additional District and Sessions Court here on May 12, Friday issued an order to send Jawaharlal Boga, 24, to his native village in Chhattisgarh along with his brother Nohar Boga. A series of steps taken by Dakshina Kannada District Legal Services Authority (DKDLSA) and the efforts of Mangaluru City Police helped Jawaharlal reunite with his family in Kodekurse village of Durgkondal in Kanker district, Chhattisgarh.

In fact, Jawaharlal, son of Rohidas Boga, had arrived in a village near Padukonaje near Moodbidri in April 2014 as a worker of a borewell agency. The mentally ill Jawaharlal lost his way when his colleagues left him alone. On his search for food and water, he found the 73-year-old villager Sanjeeva Poojari. Upset over hunger, Jawaharlal killed Sanjeeva Poojari hitting his head on April 30, 2014. Following this, Jawaharlal was arrested on May 1, 2014 and a case under Section 302 of IPC was registered at Moodbidri police station against him.

DKDLSA member secretary and senior civil judge Mallanagouda Patil said the court found Jawaharlal’s behavior suspicious during the trial and directed the jail authorities to send him for mental check up at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bengaluru. "The medical reports from Nimhans suggested the accused is suffering from psychiatric disorder. Hence the court has decided to acquit him of the murder charge. Accordingly, a miscellaneous case has been registered in this connection on February 22 this year and public prosecutor Bannadi Raju Poojari has been appointed as the amicus curiae. Meanwhile, the DKDLSA wrote a letter on April 20 to its counterpart in Kanker district in Chhattisgarh seeking their help to trace the family of Jawaharlal. Later, constables Vijay Kanchan and Akhil Ahammed of Moodbidri police station went to Chhattisgarh and brought Jawaharlal’s brother Nohar Boga to Mangaluru," Patil said.

Jawaharlal was in Seon Ashrama in Neriya ever since the medical reports found him mentally ill. He will be leaving for Chhattisgarh in a train from Bengaluru on May 16, he added.

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