Pak migrants’ ‘suicide’: Victim in video alleges harassment by ‘gang’, police inaction

Jodhpur, August 12

Days after the demise allegedly by suicide of 11 members of a household of Hindu migrants from Pakistan in a village in Jodhpur district, a video has surfaced by which one of many victims provides an in depth account of the “harassment” they had been going through by the hands of their family members and a purported gang.

The one-and-a-half-hour lengthy video was within the cell phone of Laxmi, one of many victims, that was discovered within the shack the place the our bodies had been found, police mentioned.

According to Laxmi’s account within the video that has been considered by PTI, after the household got here to India in 2015 on account of fears of non secular persecution within the neighbouring nation, they bought embroiled in a row with their family members right here in addition to a “gang” that allegedly tried to regulate their lives.

“We had no idea that we would be subjected to a new ordeal in India not only by others but by our own people,” Laxmi mentioned within the video.

She mentioned the household fled Pakistan and got here to India on the insistence of Dhandali, the now estranged spouse of her brother Kewal Ram who’s the lone surviving member of the household. Dhandali’s household was already settled in Jodhpur.

“Right after we arrived here, Dhandali shifted to her parents’ house and started harassing us along with her family and others, claiming the custody of her children,” Laxmi mentioned.

In the video, Laxmi alleged that there was a racket run by a gang that attempted to regulate the lives of those that got here to reside in Jodhpur.

The gang scared the migrants into following its recommendation so as to stay protected and guarded, she mentioned.

“These gang members began harassing us also and had eye on all of us four sisters. One of our sisters died due to their pressures in 2017. They also forcibly managed to get our brother Ravi married to Sharifa, a cousin of Dhandali, who also sided with them to harass us,” Laxmi mentioned in her elaborate account, including that alleged gang members additionally needed the sisters to marry as per their want.

Laxmi and her sister Priya had been each certified nurses, however whereas Priya had been working in a close-by clinic, Laxmi couldn’t work as her certificates was destroyed by this alleged gang, she mentioned.

Laxmi additionally alleged that the household had approached the police however they didn’t take any motion.

She mentioned the household had shifted to Dechu tehsil to work in farms to flee the harassment in Jodhpur however it didn’t assist. She additionally mentioned she filed a criticism with the Dechu police however the police additionally allegedly harassed her household.

The police instances started with the primary case registered by Dhandali in Mandore police station on July 16, 2019 accusing her husband Kewal Ram and his sisters of harassment. This was adopted by a collection of instances and counter instances from each the perimeters towards one another, Laxmi acknowledged within the video.

A police officer from Jodhpur commissionerate mentioned, “The last case was filed by Dhandali again on August 7, which was to be investigated but this incident happened before police could do anything.”

SP (Jodhpur Rural) Rahul Barhat mentioned all of the paperwork associated to the case and complaints have been collected and are being investigated.

“Kewal Ram has given some names in his FIR and we have been interrogating them in order to get to the bottom of the allegations in the video,” mentioned Barhat.

Giving her account within the video, Laxmi additionally acknowledged that the household had run from pillar to publish searching for assist from the native administration in addition to the federal government however they weren’t heard and had been finally “tired”.

The 11 members of the family, together with 5 youngsters, had been discovered lifeless on Sunday morning contained in the hut they lived in at Lodta village of Dechu space. The autopsies indicated the consumption of a toxic substance, police had mentioned on Monday, pointing at the opportunity of a mass suicide.

A word discovered on the spot alleged threats from the family members of the wives of two family members and harassment by police.

Kewal Ram, 35, informed police that he spent the night time within the fields, the place he had gone to protect the crops, and got here residence within the morning to seek out everybody lifeless. Based on his criticism, police detained his spouse and another individuals for interrogation.

A preliminary investigation indicated a dispute between the victims and the households of the wives of two brothers — Kewal Ram and Ravi.

The household got here from Pakistan’s Sindh in 2015 on a long-term visa. For the previous six months, the members of the family had been residing on the farm which that they had employed for cultivation.

Police had discovered chemical substances and injection vials on the shack, resulting in suspicion that some toxic substance might have been administered to household.

Two of the victims, Laxmi and Priya, are mentioned to be nurses, the police had mentioned, including that their signatures seem on the word.

The victims included Budharam Bhil (75), his spouse Antara Devi, their son Ravi (31) and daughters Jiya (25) and Suman (22). Another 40-year-old girl and 5 youngsters had been additionally among the many lifeless. — PTI

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