ALMOST TWO months after a woman was found murdered in Shamli district, local BJP leaders have threatened to hold a mahapanchayat in the area if the police do not withdraw the case against two of her relatives. They claim that the police are framing the victim’s kin in order to help the two Muslim men who have been arrested in the case.
BJP MP Hukum Singh and MLA Suresh Rana — both accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots cases — held a meeting in Shamli on Sunday, where it was decided that a mahapanchayat would be held if their demands were not met. Singh also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the capital on Tuesday and sought his intervention.
The case dates back to April 4, when Guddi, 35, a mother of four, did not return to her home in Akbarpur Suneti village. Her husband, Sangat Kashyap, a labourer, filed a missing report at Kairana police station. On April 7, police recovered her decomposed body from near the bank of a river at Mauvi village — 15 kilometres from her house.
On April 13, Guddi’s neighbours, Kurban and Mohsin, were arrested. Police cited call records which purportedly showed that Kurban and Guddi spoke to each other frequently. Based on Kurban’s statement, police obtained arrest warrants against Guddi’s brother-in-law Ramender (25) and her nephew Ankush (19) about a fortnight ago.
“During interrogation, Kurban said he was having an affair with the woman. He was fed up with her demands for money for her daughter’s wedding, so he planned to kill her. Kurban took her to the river bank, where he, along with Mohsin, Ramender and Ankush, allegedly strangled her,” said Kairana Station Officer Madan Veer.
“While Mohsin was arrested, the police procured arrest warrants against Ramender and Ankush. When we went to arrest them, they were not home,” he said.
“There is evidence against all the four accused who are friends. Their cellphone locations show that they were present around the scene of the crime. We have filed a chargesheet against all four… they were earlier booked in a theft case too,” said Shamli SP Vijay Bhusan.
Giving details of his meeting with Rajnath today, MP Hukum Singh said: “I told him how police have framed two family members to help the accused… I also said that about 250 Hindu families have left Kairana following threats and extortion by criminals. Six businessmen have been killed for not paying extortion money. Their business establishments and houses have been purchased forcibly. Locals, particularly women, are feeling unsafe,” he said.
He claimed that Rajnath assured him that he would visit Kairana next month.
“Police have implicated the two family members only to ensure that the murder of a Hindu woman does not lead to communal tension… We have submitted a memorandum to the Shamli DM and SP but no action has been taken,” said MLA Suresh Rana.
“Four days ago, a police team went to Ankush’s house and misbehaved with the women there,” alleged BJP’s Shamli district president, Pawan Trar. The police denied this charge.
“Ramender is our cousin. He and Ankush are being framed. After the victim went missing, two of them were at home. Besides, they had no motive to kill her,” claimed Sangat’s brother, Ramesh.
Meanwhile, since the post-mortem examination could not confirm the cause of death, the viscera was preserved and vaginal slides sent for examination. Charges of kidnapping, murder and destruction of evidence have been added to the FIR. While the SP claimed rape charges have also been added, the SO and Bhawan Circle Officer Bhushan Verma claimed “no evidence of sexual assault has been found”.