It is a two bedroom rented accommodation on Tibba road- an area surrounded by dyeing units where Navneet Jain is living along with his wife Aarti Jain and eight years old younger son Naman Jain. The family had shifted to Ludhiana in the last week of March after keeping their Malerkotla house and toy shop on sale. Navneet’s elder son Vidhu Jain (12) was brutally murdered on September 30, last year as he was burnt alive in isolated Bhardwaj colony of Malerkotla. However police could not crack this case and in January Government even announced that case will be handed over to CBI. The family says that nothing happened till date and that there is no idea as who were the murderers of their son. Navneet Jain said,” we were feeling insecure in that city now, my wife was in depression and younger son Naman was never sent to school after that incident. He has not been sent to a school from April onwards. And above all, culprits have not been punished. So it was suffocating to live in that city.”
Navneet’s brother–in-law is living in Ludhiana has advised him to change the city and these days, Navneet has started a business of selling items needed in marriage functions on Tibba road. His brother-in-law Vinod Bansal gave him half of the shop to start his work. Though Navneet’s two brothers are still staying in Malerkotla and even they are planning to shift.
Navneet said,” after Narendra Modi became PM, I wrote him a letter seeking justice as I have lost all hopes from state government.” To start the struggle afresh, Tera Panth Jain Sangthan in Ludhiana have decided to extend full support to the family. Kuldeep Jain, President of this Sangthan said, “We took out motor cycle rally giving message of seeking justice for Vidhu Jain on Sunday and within a week we will chalk out our progrrame to start chain hunger strike as justice has been denied to the family. A young child was burnt alive and nothing has been done till date.” Vishv Jain Sangthan’s convenor Dr Sandeep Jain also supported Vidhu’s family and raised questions over the state government as why a family had to leave their home town and business.
Vidhu, a class 7 student had gone to give lunch box to his younger brother Naman on September 30 as it was an off day for him due to ongoing exams and on his way, unknown persons had taken him to Bhardwaj colony where he was burnt alive by pouring kerosene on him. Police had rounded up four muslim boys in this connection, a day after the crime, but muslims had protested by staging dharnas. Boys had been sent home after questioning and later on there had been hardly any movement in the case.
However, the state government had expressed solidarity with the family and had given compensation worth Rs 25 lakh to the family apart from the Rs 10 lakhs for memorial of Vidhu Jain within that city.
Reminder to home ministry:
State government had written in January to Union Home Ministry that Jain’s case be handed over to CBI and later never followed it up. Shiromani Akalil Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said, ”we will send a reminder to the home department again to take up the case soon.” No investigation by CBI has been started till date. Sitting MP Bhagwant Mann however stated that he will take up the matter with PM Narendra Modi as well.