Gurugram: A household tragedy compelled 21-year-old Anuj Kumar to go away his village in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh and transfer to Gurgaon looking for a greater paying job. But, tragedy seemingly adopted him.
Six months in the past, Kumar’s father, the one bread winner, died after a number of years of ailing well being. So the younger Dalit man moved to the town in July hoping to earn extra to assist his household. On 4 August, he was introduced again dwelling in an ambulance, wrapped in a shroud, his physique marked with accidents throughout. In lower than a 12 months, the household has misplaced two members, leaving only a widowed mom, Sunita Devi (48) and her younger son Anubodh (19).
Kumar was killed final Monday, in what the Gurugram Police says is a case of ‘mistaken identification’.
In response to the FIR, a replica of which is with ThePrint, Kumar, his brother-in-law Sanjay and an acquaintance of theirs, Chandan Singh, had been allegedly kidnapped Monday by a bunch of males from outdoors ILD Greens workplace gate in Sector 37C. Kumar and Sanjay, who had been on the lookout for a job, had gone there to fulfill Singh. After being kidnapped, they had been taken to the Heritage Badminton Academy, the place they had been allegedly assaulted constantly for over three hours till Kumar succumbed to his accidents, the FIR said.
“He went to earn more cash … didn’t assume he can be again so quickly in kafan (shroud),” Devi instructed ThePrint.
Anubodh mentioned his mom is but to come back to phrases together with his brother’s dying. “I’ll by no means go to the town to work leaving right here. I’ll relatively beg than find yourself lifeless [and] depart my mom alone.”
Case of mistaken identification?
In response to the Gurugram Police’s public relations officer Subhash Boken, the accused had mistaken Kumar and Sanjay for the boys who had purportedly harassed a girl recognized to the accused. “Two of the accused have been arrested and charged for kidnapping and homicide,” Boken mentioned.
The 2 arrested are Manjeet, the supervisor of the badminton academy, and Binda Prasad, a staffer on the academy who cleaned the premises and made tea.
Based mostly on a grievance by Sanjay, the FIR was lodged in opposition to Manjeet, two different males recognized as Manish and Puneet, and several other unnamed accused.
In response to Sanjay’s FIR, two males received down from a black Verna round 1:30pm and accused Kumar and Sanjay of misbehaving with a girl, who was sitting within the automotive on the time.
Although Kumar and Sanjay repeatedly denied the allegation, they had been taken to the badminton academy the place three to 4 others allegedly beat them up. They allegedly later got here again for Singh, and introduced him to the badminton academy too. By the point the police arrived, Kumar had died from his accidents. He was present in a sitting place, together with his again in opposition to the wall and his neck damaged. An injured Sanjay was subsequent to him, the FIR said.
“We are attempting to hint the others concerned. The lady was harassed by some males when she would come to the academy. She complained to her father, who then instructed folks within the academy. A coach’s involvement has come to our discover as properly, however it’s but to be confirmed,” a senior police officer instructed ThePrint.
Nevertheless, Sanjay refutes this being a case of ‘mistaken identification’.
“That is fully false. Cops can test CCTV footage. We had gone to fulfill Chandan for work and had been simply standing there … these males got here from nowhere and took us. They had been drunk and hurling abuses, and mentioned these sorts of ‘Biharis’, who come on the lookout for wages right here, needs to be crushed up. Their aggression and hatred was fairly seen,” alleged Sanjay.
Singh, a plumber at ILD Greens, additionally made comparable claims. “Whereas they had been beating us, one 15-16-year-old lady got here by … the boys requested: ‘Are these those?’ She mentioned sure as soon as, quietly, and went away … and so they saved beating us. The lady angle has been constructed as much as protect their gruesomeness,” Singh instructed ThePrint.
‘We had been electrocuted, caned’
In response to each Sanjay and Chandan, the accused had tied up the fingers and legs of all three of them. Whereas somebody sat on their chests, the others saved hitting them with sticks.
“They hit on our again, fingers, legs all over the place. They hit our soles with canes, turned us, and hit our again, thighs … they didn’t even spare my handicapped hand,” Sanjay instructed ThePrint, displaying his accidents and a swelling on his head. Sanjay had misplaced a number of fingers three months in the past in a manufacturing facility accident.
Singh, in the meantime, had stitches on his leg, and a head damage.
Sanjay mentioned he was alive as a result of he had managed to cover in a washroom. The accused, although, had discovered him, pulled him out and assaulted him once more, by which period Kumar was practically lifeless, the 32-year-old claimed.
“They gave Anuj electrical shock on his toes, and so they poured water on him. Once they realised he died, all of them ran away from the spot,” he alleged.
The duo additional alleged that whereas they had been getting crushed up, nobody helped them though some members of the general public had gathered there. “After some time, some folks requested the boys to cease hitting us, saying we’ll die, however they didn’t,” Singh claimed.
‘Will relatively beg than find yourself lifeless’
Again in Jaunpur, the household can’t fathom how Kumar, who they thought-about a easy, quiet boy, was killed mercilessly.
“Sunita hasn’t eaten since days now … retains sitting on the doorstep staring on the street,” mentioned Yogendra Kumar, Kumar’s maternal uncle.
In Sanjay’s home in gali no 8 of Kadipur industrial space, his spouse Raoti is attempting to earn a residing by slicing elastic cables. She wonders who will rent her handicapped and now limping husband and worries about affording their month-to-month bills, which come as much as a minimal Rs 8,000 a month.
Within the locality the place the Dalit households dwell, worry has taken over. Sher Singh, a meat vendor, mentioned, “Nobody desires to speak about this or assist them … we’re scared, these gundas are locals, they’re highly effective, would possibly kill us.”
Gurugram Police mentioned investigation is on, and there was no want for the villagers to fret. “We’ll guarantee they’re protected,” the senior police officer quoted above mentioned.
(Edited by Manasa Mohan)
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