Kolkata: During the investigation into the terrible case of urination inside a mosque in Giridih, Jharkhand, the police found that one of the accused has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree and that he also happens to work with Amazon India.
On October 4, the Navami day of Durga Puja, Sunny Raj, 25, went inside Nayi Masjid, Khutta (Telodih) and urinated near the Mimber, from where the Imam gives his Friday sermon. His act was captured by CCTV cameras.
Later, locals caught Sunny and handed them over to the police. They found that there were three other people outside the mosque waiting for him. One was in a scooty and two in a car. Among the three, Rohit Raj, is Sunny’s sibling. The others are Deepalok Mitra, his cousin, while Chandan Gupta is a friend of Deepalok. Sunny and Rohit’s late father was a government school teacher.
Rohit has also done hotel management from Bengaluru and runs a restaurant in Giridih. Deepalok is a government contractor, while Chandan deals in real estate. The fifth accused, Babla Keshri, is absconding.
It has come to light that Sunny had attempted to enact the same act in another mosque, located in Pachamba. Both the mosques are situated at a distance of four kilometers. However, since he was wearing a Bermuda, people who were coming out from the mosque noticed it and sent him away. This attempt too was recorded on the mosque’s CCTV.
Since it was festival time, sensing major trouble, the police acted swiftly. A case (number 130/2022) under Sections—109, 153, 153 (A) (2), 245, 295 (A), 296, 12C (B) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the five accused.
A senior police officer claimed that they had sent a team to Amazon India’s Bengaluru office to inquire about Sunny. Amazon India officials accepted that Sunny is its employee but refused to share any further information citing privacy issues.
Sunny’s LinkedIn profile mentions that he is ‘Process Lead’ at Amazon India and has been associated with the multinational company for over five years and three months now. He got his MBA degree from Bengaluru. His schooling has been in a convent school in Giridih.
Bail rejected at CJM court
Sources said that it was a challenging case for the police since in 295 (A)-related cases lower courts reject bail applications of the accused in most cases. However, in this case, the chief judicial magistrate had sought the diary from the police. And after two hearings — on October 20 and November 3, bail got rejected.
“We can only say that the bails of the accused have been rejected,” Haris Bin Zaman, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Giridih, told eNewsroom.
Prakash Sahay, a well-known criminal lawyer representing the case from the Masjid Committee, told eNewsroom, “It is a very serious offence and could not be expected from an educated person or someone who belongs to such a family. We will ensure that their bail gets rejected from the session court too.”
Sources said, to document the act before the court, the police used colour pictures identifying the movement of the accused inside the mosque, using CCTV footage.
The police, during its investigations, found no sign of mental instability in Sunny, which the family had claimed after the incident. “So far, in our investigations, we did not find any truth in this claim by the family,” said a police officer. “In fact, it is an intentional and pre-planned act,” he said.
Interestingly, despite the uproar caused by this unsavoury act, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders came out in defence of the accused. They alleged that they were beaten up by the police in front of two Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislators, which JMM leaders denied.