Ravindra Patil: The death of a messenger

This Post Was originally Written by Banerjee, Soumyadipta of bollywoodjournalist.com Original Author has removed the same. Here is a Reproduction under FreeSpeech.

In India, the testimony of the prime witness is considered the most important document in a criminal case, which often influences the final verdict.

In the 2002 hit-and-run case of Salman Khan, the man who found himself in the epicenter of the controversy, was the prime witness of the case — constable Ravindra Patil.

Those close to Patil admitted that he was under enormous pressure to change his statement.

There were many who wanted Patil to change his statement. They preferred that Patil maintain that Salman leaned back to listen to him seconds before he lost control of the wheel. This would mean that the accident was caused by a ‘human error’ and not because he was drunk. Some people wanted him to say that Salman was not drunk at the time of the accident.

Whatever be the case, Patil did not change his statement till the last day.

It was unclear who was putting pressure on Patil — some say they were all ‘well-wishers’ of Salman Khan from the police force while others say that those talking to Patil were Salman’s common friends from the film industry. Whoever they were, the pressure tactic seemed to be working as Patil was showing signs of a nervous break-down.

Why was Ravindra Patil so vulnerable?
Patil was a constable and hence belonged to the lowest rung in the police force. He admitted numerous times that he was under pressure and he would always try to duck the media.

During 2006, when the examination of witnesses was on, Salman had hired the best lawyers in Mumbai who were all charged up to cross-examine Patil. But then, something unexpected happened. Patil just ran away one evening. His brother lodged a missing report about Patil at a local police station.

Day after day, Patil chose to skip court dates because he didn’t want to face the defence lawyer. Soon, Patil came under scrutiny of the court because he remained absent at the court hearings. The court proceedings were stuck because Patil was absent in the witness-box. It also came to light that he had run away without applying for leave.

In a strange twist of fate, a man who had actually lodged the first information report against Salman Khan now had an arrest warrant issued against him for not turning up at court hearings. The arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear for five consecutive court dates.

As the judge ordered that he be arrested and produced in court, his seniors at the police force simultaneously approved that Patil be sacked from his job because he was absent from duty. His seniors chose to ignore the fact that technically Patil was ‘missing’ and not ‘absent’ according to their own records.

Nobody was interested in knowing why he had run away from his house. Or, why the same person who was so forthcoming in lodging a complaint against a Bollywood star like Salman Khan, didn’t want to take the witness-box. Patil was never put under any witness protection programme.

Patil was sent to Arthur Road jail with hardened criminals.

Like how they deal with a hardened criminal, a task force was prepared to nab Patil and find out where he was ‘hiding’. Finding him was easier than anybody had thought because Patil was not hiding anywhere. Ravindra Patil was actually staying in a small hotel in Mahabaleswar, just a few kilometres away from Mumbai. He would come to Mumbai often to meet his wife and family. He was not on the run from the police and was going around telling everybody that he wanted to stay away from the Salman Khan case.

He had repeatedly requested his colleagues in Mumbai Police to work out a way so that he can be spared from the case. The problem was: He was the prime witness and without him the case didn’t stand a chance in a court of law.

How many of you hate going to court? How many of you don’t like how witnesses are grilled in criminal cases by defence lawyers? Well, if I go by Patil’s example, then all of you should be put in jail. Believe it or not, Ravindra Patil was sent to jail because of this ‘crime’.

The special police team swooped down on him, arrested him and produced at the court, the next day. The court sent him to Arthur Road jail, the biggest jail of Mumbai where most of the high-profile criminals are lodged.

Here are pictures after Patil’s arrest post a raid at a Mahabaleshwar hotel.
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In Arthur Road jail, Ravindra Patil was incarcerated in a separate cell like they would treat an armed dacoit or a serial killer. Patil submitted fervent pleas that he doesn’t want to be grouped with criminals at the Arthur Road jail but the court was in no mood to relent.

Twice, Patil filed applications saying that he is a witness and that he be held at Unit nine of the Crime Branch and twice the court ignored the application. In his applications, Patil went on record saying that he went absconding as he was mentally disturbed at the thought of being cross-examined by defence lawyers. But nobody seemed to be interested in what he was saying.

If the courts didn’t pay heed to his pleas, his employers — the Mumbai Police — seemed to be on some revenge spree. A ‘missing’ Patil suddenly became an ‘absconding’ Patil in their own files and subsequently sacked from his job. This junior-most employee in the force tried every trick in the book to convince his senior officers that he should not be sacked from his job. But nobody was ready to listen.

A witness was suddenly at the receiving end of it all. Life was dealing this grand witness blows after blows while Salman Khan delivered hits after hits at the box office.

The last days of Ravindra Patil

After Patil was let out of jail, he found himself in a strange situation — his family had disowned him and the Mumbai Police was not ready to take him back. Patil didn’t know what to do — suddenly he was the victim because he saw the accident and spoke about it.

A broken man by then, Ravindra Patil went missing again.

Patil was finally discovered at the Sewri Municipal hospital in 2007. Patil was begging on the streets of Mumbai before he landed up at the hospital. The years of acute stress coupled with heavy drinking had made his body weak. Worse, he had contracted a drug-resistant tuberculosis which fast tracked him towards an inevitable end.

Patil wanted to get back in the police force but he was just a bag of bones lying on bed number 189 of ward number four on the fourth-floor of Sewri TB Municipal Hospital. His family members were not aware where he was and nobody had come to see him for a year.

Here are some moving pictures of Ravindra Patil, just days before his death.
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Constable Ravindra Patil died on October 4, 2007.

Even after his death, there was nobody to take back his body. The friend who had admitted him to the hospital was so scared that he didn’t even inform his family. In the end, his brothers came forward to perform the last rites.

Before his death, Patil spoke to his friend expressing his wish to get back to the force again while throwing up blood on the cold floors of the Sewri Municipal hospital.

I stood by my statement till the end, but my department did not stand by me. I want my job back, I want to survive. I want to meet the police commissioner once” were his last words.

Clearly, even God chose not to hear him.

Ravindra Patil never rested in peace.

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22 Responses to “Ravindra Patil: The death of a messenger”

  1. fckBhai Says:

    Oh man! This was depressing. How to get this article more limelight?

  2. Traversty Says:

    Pity that this article is buried. Presstitutes, for once, do your damn job. Please!

  3. Indian Says:

    Sad, his own colleagues turned against him and that shows the lack of unity amongst the force due to political pressure. Wish i could do something for him.

  4. Georgios Says:

    The police force stands together when there is money to be made. When it is not, you will need a noble policeman like Patil. Unfortunately, Mr. Patil is dead; and his horrendous death is a lesson to everyone. Read into it what you would.

  5. Shivakumara Says:

    Ravindra patil s case is curious. I hope someone will go through it and bring out truth. It is worth a lot to know how A handsome cop who was able to get an opportunity to go around with a bollywood big name get contracted with TB and died without treatment where free treatment is availabe. It will also brought into light fates of a lot of TB patients and witnesses in high profile cases.

    • Tshering Says:

      One day a Film based on Patil wil be released.. and we will be spending crores on that… thats it…. pathatic

  6. Bhraman Rattan Says:

    With money 95% our country can be bought. This poor soul was probably in the 5%.

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  8. satyamevajayate Says:

    What a pathetic state of Indian justice system! Though the government’s system failed but law of karma doesn’t. And Salman even had the nerve of making the movie “Bodyguard” while he was the prime cause of his own bodyguard’s death. Indians should wake up and stop adoring these bollywood slums.

  9. विजय सिरसाठ Says:

    रविद्र पाटलाला मुंबई पोलिसांनीच संपवला , लाज वाटते मुंबई पोलिसांची ज्यांनी त्याला संपवला .. हुतात्मा रविंद्र पाटलांच्या आत्म्यास शांती लाभो !

  10. Rajen Rajkhowa Says:

    Very depressing.. what did Mumbai Police got by victimizing their own colleague? Law has taken it own turn…God sees the truth but waits and Salman khan was NOT spared….Ravidra Patil won his war …RIP

  11. Anuradha Pillai Says:

    PLS STOP WATCHING SALMAN KHAN’S MOVIES

  12. Anuradha Pillai Says:

    SALMAN KHAN IS A MURDERER

  13. namita Says:

    i just read the whole story not just a story but a truth which nobody could see behind the glamours scene..This is one of the most heinous acts ..where is the justice !!! more than being just a Indian we are human beings.If we cannot respect a human life n truth what are we doing??…I hope RavindraPatil soul rest in peace..wake up India..

  14. indian Says:

    shame on the police officers who ignored his pleas and the judge who treated him like shit. But most of all shame on salman for his wrong doings and I am sure he must have been pressurized by salman and his family. the actor got what he deserved.

  15. preeti Says:

    Hate salman khan !!

  16. Murlidhar Shinde Says:

    It was unclear who was putting pressure on Patil ,indirectly helping what was the nobal cause

  17. Murlidhar Shinde Says:

    It was unclear who was putting pressure on Patil ,indirectly helping, what was the nobal cause

  18. satish Says:

    salman has lied in court and so have his lawyers the justice of the almighty will be done for patil we mortals can do little

  19. akankshachaturvedi Says:

    Reblogged this on liberalblogsaky and commented:
    If Justice needs to be served to someone on Priority, its to this man who was once a Bodyguard of Salman! He lost his everything, just everything in this case.. plight of a common man.. he was in Police but not as mighty to keep himself falling hostile . His destiny dint give him a second chance.. NEVER!!!! He never rested in peace.. and the Irony is.. will he ever get justice.. can anyone get justice without noone fighting for it..
    Here the main question is, who is fighting for this man who died fighting with the system ? The same system for which he took a stand and had faith in.. but what could he do if God had no plans to listen to him………… Sad! Shouldn’t Salman be tried to pressurize the key witness n turning him hostile… leading to a pathetic condition that he ended up begging n died of TB. Is this the way the Police dept treat its honest constable , when he put everything at stake just to keep up the virtue of his department in high spirit.. ???

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