A day after the Delhi High Court took up a plea by Shayam Sunder Kaushal, whose 17-year-old daughter Anjali died after she was allegedly shot in celebratory firing, the petitioner said he had to take legal recourse after police did not investigate the case properly.
Kaushal, a resident of Mongolpuri who owns a tea stall in the locality, said there was no serious effort by police to arrest those actually responsible for his daughter’s death.
Kaushal claimed that while he was at the hospital, where his daughter had been admitted after being shot, police took his signatures on “two blank sheets”. “Later, I saw an FIR had been registered based on wrong information, and I was named as the complainant,” said Kaushal.
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The incident took place on the evening of April 16, said Kaushal, when his three daughters were watching a marriage procession from their balcony. Suddenly, Anjali fell unconscious and started bleeding, he said.
Kaushal said after a neighbour informed him about the incident, he rushed home. Anjali, who was rushed to the hospital, succumbed to injuries on April 19.
Her mother Pushpa Devi said after the incident, she was scared to send her two daughters for their tuition classes. She said Anjali was a hardworking girl who aspired to be a teacher. “She studied on her own and also taught her sisters. I did not have to worry about them,” she said.
However, the FIR on the incident, registered at Rohini south police station, stated that both Kaushal and his wife were also in the balcony at the time of the incident. The FIR further stated that they saw a man, named Vikrant alias Vicky, firing from his pistol.
“My wife and I were not even at home… Police have been pressuring me to maintain that statement. Why should I name someone I didn’t see,” said Kaushal.
He said he had visited the police station multiple times, as well as the office of DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh and the office of the Delhi Commission for Women, to seek justice for his daughter. He finally decided to approach the High Court. “I had no other option but to file a PIL… I hope I get justice,” said Kaushal.
DCP Singh said, “The accused in this case has a criminal record and he has been absconding since the day of the incident. We are looking into the possibility of other people being involved in the firing.”