A woman who sustained bullet injuries during a police encounter at a marketplace in Rohtak, Haryana, on Monday evening succumbed to injuries early Tuesday at the Rohtak Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science (PGIMS).
The encounter took place during the rescue of an abducted businessman. But the investigation has now revealed that the suspects had kidnapped not only the businessman, Ram Lal, but also his servant.
The alleged prime suspect, Raj Kumar (26), was shot dead in the encounter, while Jyoti, who was allegedly working as his accomplice, sustained a bullet injury in the neck, which led to her death, police said. “The two had kidnapped Ram Lal and his servant. Later the servant was released and asked to bring the ransom money. When he came back, the family got suspicious and informed police,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.
While the Delhi Police claimed that Raj Kumar and Jyoti were involved in the abduction of the businessman, the investigation is yet to find the connection between the two.
Even residents in Jyoti’s neighborhood couldn’t shed any light on the connection between the duo. “She had moved out of this locality and we were told that she did odd jobs elsewhere. But no one here knows what exactly she did or where she lived,” Munni Rani, who runs a grocery store in the locality, said.
Jyoti had grown up not far from the railway crossing near Bajrang House, where she was shot. Her father had moved to Rohtak from his village in Bihar. He was living in Gandhi Colony — a locality with a concentration of Dalit households, the same locality where her mother had also grown up.
“Jyoti’s family was always very poor. They lived in a small rented apartment. Jyoti had three brothers. After her parents died, she stopped living here, but her brothers — Bholu, Sambhu and Bajrangi — are still here,” Dhouli Ram, a resident of Gandhi Colony, said. Bholu works in a meat shop next to Gandhi Colony. On being asked about their sister, the brothers refused comment.
Jyoti’s disconnect with her family created issues for the Haryana police and the PGIMS medical staff in tracing her next of kin, sources said. Haryana police refused comment on the case or Jyoti’s involvement in it.