After a local court on Monday sentenced Vismay Shah to five years imprisonment in the BMW hit-and-run case, Ghanshyam Patel, father of one of the victims Rahul Patel, broke down and said “now my son’s soul will get peace”.
“After two-and-a-half years, we got some peace. Although my loss is irreparable, I am happy that the lesson was taught. After such a long trial, people lose faith, but I never gave up and had faith in the judiciary. I want the people in this city (Ahmedabad), Gujarat and the entire country to see that if innocent and weaker people are tortured or killed, there is God to do justice. After two years, I smiled with content that now my son’s soul will get peace,” said Ghanshyam Patel, who has a real estate business.
The relatives of Rahul’s family hugged his father to console him as he broke down before entering the courtroom and also after the judgment.
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Premshaknar Dave, father of the second victim Shivam Dave, said: “We are satisfied with the judgment. We cannot comment whether the quantum of punishment was less, because we don’t want to question the judiciary. My family has struggled all this while to see this judgment and now we are at peace.”
Shivam sister, who could not stop crying in the court, said: “My brother died a horrible death. There is not a single festival or occasion where we do not miss him. Every time we feel there will be a miracle and he will come back.”
Mitesh Shah, one of the key witnesses in the case, said: “I was the only one who stuck to the statement given to the police and stood by to support the youths’ families, even as their friends, who were key witnesses, turned hostile. Till today, I didn’t repair my Hyundai Accent car that Vismay had first rammed into before hitting the two boys. I am happy that their families have got justice today.”
Although Mitiesh allegedly received calls from unknown numbers and persons threatening him to retract his statement, Shivam and Rahul’s fathers maintained that they were never pressurised or threatened.