A week after a key witness in the death of a woman in Shamli district’s Kairana was murdered, his family was given police protection on Saturday after they cited a threat to their lives and was “prepared to leave their village”.
Brahmpal Singh was killed on November 20 outside his house. He was a witness in the murder and rape case of his sister-in-law in April this year.
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“We had packed our bags to move to our relatives’ houses. However, On Saturday the Superintendent of Police Shamli arrived at my place and asked us not to leave. He assured us of all possible help and also deployed more force at my house,” said Ramesh Kashyap, Brahmpal’s younger brother. The family’s neighbours – Kurban and Mohsin – were accused in both murders.
“Kurban and Mohsin’s family were threatening us to arrive at a compromise in my sister-in-law’s murder case. I complained to the police orally several times but nothing was done. On November 20, they killed Brahmpal for not obeying them,” said Ramesh.
SP Dr. Ajay Pal confirmed the visit to Kashyap’s house but said it was a routine one. He said the family had not planned to leave the village and that he had been given a written assurance that they would not do so.
“It was a routine visit to build their confidence. A police team, including PAC, has been deployed in the village. Circle Officer and Station officer have been directed to regularly make rounds and take stock of the situation,” said Pal adding that the family never complained of harassment.
Hukum Singh, BJP MP from the area who had earlier claimed the “exodus of Hindu families from Kairana”, told The Indian Express on Sunday: “The family had planned to leave village after Brahmpal’s murder and it is only after I assured their safety assurance that they changed their mind. Some of them met me today again at my place and again I asked them not to leave village.”
During interrogation, Kurban had allegedly told police that two members of the woman victim’s family – her brother-in-law Ramender and nephew Ankush – had a hand in the murder. The victim’s family and BJP leaders, however, deny this and claimed that the police were helping the Muslim suspects. No action has been taken against Ramender and Ankush.
SP Pal said the investigation into the woman’s murder is ongoing and the role of Ramender and Ankush is being verified.