Thirty-five-year-old Urmila,the wife of Ghanshyam Kewat who was killed by the police after a 50-hour gunbattle at Jamauli village in Chitrakoot on Thursday,on Friday claimed the dacoits body and cremated it.
I dont want to talk about what he did as a dacoit. For me,he was my husband,and the Government should hand over the body to me for cremation at his Surwal village, she said earlier in the day,sitting outside the mortuary of the district hospital.
Urmila,who had left the village two years ago,allegedly due to harassment by the police and Thakurs,had shifted to Bhalumada,a coal mine area near Katni in Madhya Pradesh,along with her five children three daughters and two sons. The last she had met Ghanshyam was about a year ago when she married off her eldest daughter.
I got the news that the police had killed my husband in an encounter on Wednesday. I caught a bus and reached our village on Thursday evening, she said.
Calling Ghanshyams death the fate of an evil spirit,Urmila feared that even after her husband was dead,she would not be allowed to live in the village by the Thakurs who had an old enmity with him.
She said their house in Surwal,about 3 km from Jamauli,was locked. Ghanshyam used to cultivate the familys 1.5 bigha plot,which was now being looked after by relatives. Later,he opened a grocery shop. He became a dacoit about eight years ago when a Thakur raped his niece,she alleged.
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