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They would meet at a dhaba everyday after work. Until Monday, when they were nabbed for allegedly raping and murdering a 28-year-old Nepali national.
The men, according to their families and police, were friends and hailed from Gadda Kheri village, approximately 3km off Rohtak – Hisar highway in Haryana.
On Sunday evening, when police search intensified, Pramod alias Padam rushed to Sarwar’s residence.
Sarjo Devi, Sarvar’s mother said: “I was preparing dinner when Padam came asking for my son. He seemed in a hurry. He told me they were planning to go to Vaishno Devi or another temple. I told them not to but, they boarded the motorcycle and left. This morning, police came looking. Hours later, I heard they had been arrested. I don’t know what they have done”.
While Sarvar (25) is a carpenter, Padam (32) is a farmer. He is married with two children and his father was sarpanch till he died two years ago.
A few blocks from Padam and Sarvar’s homes lives Sunil alias Sheela. Sunil (22) matriculated from a government school and ran a tea stall with his elder brother Anil on Hisar highway. “My brother had gone to bring supplies when he was arrested. If he is guilty, god will punish him. He was never involved in criminal activities” said Anil.
Rajesh alias Ghuchru (22) earlier lived opposite Sunil’s house. A distant relative of Sunil, he had sold his land and lived with his mother in Ludhiana. Rajesh’s father died long ago and he was currently unemployed. “He had fallen into bad company. He sold the land in which we had a share. We still forgave him and he was living with us for past 20 days,” said Anil.
Santosh Nepali, too, lived at Sunil’s residence for the past one year and worked at his stall. “We had employed him since he was Sunil’s friend and were his only family here. Today, Santosh said he was going to drop his uncle at the station. Later, we heard he had been arrested,” said Sunil’s father Ramesh, a peon at a government school nearby.
Sombir’s parents, both ailing, said: “We want to be left alone”. His younger brother, requesting anonymity, said: “He left on his motorcycle yesterday saying he had urgent work. Then, we heard he committed suicide. We haven’t told our parents yet”.
Manbir (22) is son of a retired policeman. On Sunday night, he told his parents he was tired and wanted to sleep early. This morning, he left the house and around 1:30pm, police came and informed he had been arrested.
Sunil Madha, wine contractor, has two children.
Pawan, 28, is married and works as a driver.