Fearing for their security, two teenage sons of a policeman - accused of attempting to murder an RSS pracharak in Balaghat - have stopped going to school.
Class XII student Ritik Vijaywar and Class IX student Kanishka Vijayawar, sons of suspended assistant sub inspector (ASI) Suresh Vijayawar, also worry about the security of their mother Rekha.
The siblings study in schools in Balaghat town, which is 70 km from the police residential colony near Baihar police station in Baihar town.
Considered one of the best investigative officers of Balaghat district police, Vijaywar is among the seven cops suspended on September 26. He along with six other cops, including ASP Baihar Rajesh Sharma and suspended Baihar police station in charge Ziya ul Haq, are untraceable September 26. Interestingly, Vijaywar was a regular at RSS shakhas during his school days in Lanji, Balaghat.
“Both my sons are not going to school in Balaghat due to safety concerns, as we fear saffron outfits might harm them... As their father is not around, I don’t want to take any chance regarding their safety. Their father’s absence has forced them to stay home with me to take care of any exigency,” Rekha told Hindustan Times.
“Suresh was part of several successful anti-Maoists operations. It puts him and us at risk from the Naxals, especially as he remains suspended and untraceable. But the Balaghat episode has made us more fearful of RSS and other saffron outfits than from the Maoists.”
While Ritik is not attending classes since September 25, Kanishka’s boarding school remains closed in Balaghat. “But even when it reopens after Diwali, I’m not sure that whether we will send him to school in Balaghat,” a fearful Rekha said.
Rekha’s sister and mother are staying with the family. Her mother-in-law, who lived in the family’s ancestral home in Lanji forests, was also shifted her to a safer place.
Rekha is also worried about how she will fund education expenses of her sons. “Of the 25 years in police service, my husband spent 22 years in anti-Maoist operations in Balaghat and played a key role in arrest of four wanted Maoists, including Dilip Guha, Bhain Singh and Imla, between 2003 and 2005,” she said.