HP Police Orphans children in gudiya case

Widowed wife and 2 kids that our police orphaned stare at dark future

Madad Seva Trust, a social welfare organization, has moved the High Court with an appeal to provide adequate compensation to the widowed wife of Suraj and bear expenses of the education of two children he leaves behind.

Shimla: Unless and until the charges labelled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the nine officials of Himachal Pradesh Police are proved in the court, it would be unjust to curse them for the alleged sin they committed. However, it doesn’t mean the agony of a mother they widowed and children they orphaned can be ignored for that period.   

The alleged crime committed by our police – framing a penurious man and torture him to death as part of a criminal conspiracy- sounds like a story of high-tension bollywood film.  In this drama, the accused police officials has simply devastated a poverty-stricken family. 

CBI Chargesheet in Kotkhai custodial death

Accused DW Negi (ex-SP Shimla), Zahur H Zaidi (Ex-IG and SIT head), and Manoj Joshi (Ex-DSP Theog)

Suraj Singh was a poor Nepalese, who had come to Himachal from the Bajuara district of Nepal in a hope of earning a livelihood like several others. The Nepalese labourers are considered the backbone of the apple economy of the state.

Mamta (21) and Suraj Singh (29) had three children – two daughters Kali and Asha (7) and son Shubam (5). Kaali had died of jaundice last year near Diwali, and the family was still mourning for her. She was only five-years-old.

Suraj and his wife considered themselves fortunate enough to have found an employment as daily wagers at the apple orchard of an influential local orchardist.

As it happened, his poverty made him vulnerable to the police’s alleged criminal conspiracy.  The CBI, while filing its status report in connection with the case of the custodial killing of accused Suraj, also made it clear that the Police SIT had arrested him on July 13 alongwith other five accused for alleged gangrape and murder of 16-years-old Gudiya (ficticious name) without any substantial evidences.

By July 18, the police allegedly tortured him to death in order to extract a false confession for the crime he had not committed, said the CBI charge-sheet. Remaining five were fortunate that the State High Court came to their rescue and ordered the CBI to take over the case from police. All five accused were later given bail as no evidence was found against them.

The HP Police allegedly orphaned a labourer’s two small kids and widowed his wife. The police snatched her only support, and now she is left alone to fend for herself and her kids.

Now his children crave for their beloved father, and their helpless mother stare at dark future. The orphans knows only too well the suffering, agony and emotional hollowness they face while growing up in poverty. This suffering can’t be imagined by common people living normal lives. 

The poor mother is helpless as our law enforcement system failed her. She can do nothing except cursing the accused killers of her husband.     

When I went to see him at the police station, he told me about the torture, the merciless beating and atrocities by drunken policemen,

Mamta had told Indian Express in a statement.

The police took over 72 hours to inform his wife that he was no more. During these days, she believed Suraj was alive. She waited that someone will tell her what happened to her husband. 

Widow of Suraj with two children Photo: Indian Express

Though, the district administration had issued Rs. 70,000 as a relief to Suraj’s widow, it was not sufficient to fix what the State Police Department has done.

Mamta, in a statement given to the CBI, had given various details related to his arrest and events that occurred during the period between July 4 to 13. She had told CBI that her husband was with her the entire day and did not go out of sight.

His widow Mamta is one of the 85 eyewitnesses listed by the CBI in the custodial death of Suraj. Along with the kids, Mamta has been given a temporary shelter at the Nari Sewa Sadan at Mashobra, Shimla.

The government had ordered a CBI probe on July 15, which implied police should have stopped interrogating the accused because it was no more the investigating agency. As per the booked officials, they were trying to extract a confession from him by interrogating him. It doesn’t make any sense why the local police was interrogating him after the case was given to the CBI.

Meanwhile, the Madad Seva Trust, a social welfare organization, has moved the High Court with an appeal to provide adequate compensation to the widowed wife of Suraj and bear expenses of the education of two children. The children are living in a Bal Ashram, and are not enrolled at any school.

The Trust appealed the court that the case would take a long time to conclude. Meanwhile, the children are being deprived of their right to education. The future of these children is at risk as their father was the only source of income.

All the expenses including the compensation should be born by the State government, said the petitioner in the appeal to the court.

If you wish to extend support to Mamta and her kids, kindly contact Madad Seva Trust – an social welfare organization working on the same issue: 9736508288

The CBI also appealed the court to drop charges of murder labelled against Rajinder alias Raju for the killing.

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