LAST YEAR, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had ordered the Bulandshahr district administration to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of an alleged gangster, who was killed in a police encounter in 2008. But the administration is yet to pay the compensation. The reason: Two women have come up claiming to be the wives of slain “gangster” Jatin Sirohi. A probe conducted to find out the genuine wife has also failed to reach any conclusion. The NHRC order for compensation had come after it found that human rights were allegedly violated in the police operation that led to Sirohi’s death.
When contacted, Bulandshahr District Magistrate A K Singh said: “I am yet to see the NHRC report, but we would seek instructions from the government for further action. The inquiry report has failed to reach any conclusion.” After receiving the NHRC order — which was forwarded to the administration from the government in July — officials were asked to initiate formalities to hand over the amount to Jatin Sirohi’s wife Sushma. But another woman, identifying herself as Reena, approached the officials claiming to be Sirohi’s wife.
Additional District Magistrate (Administration) A K Mishra then ordered a probe to identify the bonafide beneficiary. “During inquiry, both women failed to produce any documentary proof, which could substantiate their claim. I have submitted the report with a note that the dispute could not be solved,” said Siyan Sub-Divisional Magistrate Himanshu Gupta.
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“None of the women live at Sirohi’s ancestral house at Saidpur village in Bulandshahr. While Reena has 14-year-old son, Sushma has a daughter of the same age. “Both claimed Sirohi to be the father of the children,” he added. Moreover, Sirohi’s parents had died, and there was no other member in his family except his wife. Mishra said they have come to know that both women have moved court seeking to decide their claim.
“The compensation will now be handed over based on the court decision,” he added. A police team had taken Sirohi to Delhi from Bulandshahr District Jail to be produced before the court in a case. On May 28, 2008, while the police team was bringing him back to Bulandshahr, unidentified miscreants allegedly fired at them in an attempt to release Sirohi. The police retaliated, and Sirohi was killed in the firing, according to the police records.