Jitender Kumar's parents are in shock. They lost their son over two months ago and, thanks to the lack of coordination between police stations, they could not even perform their son’s last rites. Why?
The police station that found the body did not notify other police stations and it remained unclaimed. The police finally cremated it after 17 days even as Jitender’s parents kept doing rounds of another police station in search of their son.
Jitender (14) had gone missing on from Chawla Village in Southwest Delhi on March 22. His body was found in a drain in Najafgarh, 1.5 kilometers away.
The police cremated the body after 17 days claiming no one had come forward to claim the body of the deceased. Jitender’s family came to know about the cremation 67 days after his body was discovered. His parents got a phone call from Chawla station house officer (SHO) about a body that was discovered on May 28.
“We went to Chawla police station. The SHO told us that a body was found on March 22 in a drain in Jharoda Kalan in Najafgarh,” said Jitender's mother, Shyama Devi.
Devi realized it was their son when she saw the photograph of the body.
“We looked at our dead son's photograph and asked the SHO where his body was,” she said. “That was when he told us that he was cremated.”
Angry relatives of the boy took to the streets on Sunday morning. At least 150 neighbors and relatives blocked the Durga Vihar intersection. They raised slogans against Delhi Police and demanded the suspension of the Chawla SHO for inaction.
They also demanded that the killers of the boy be arrested as soon as possible.
“Why were we not informed about it when his body was found. We had registered a missing complaint on March 22,” said Arun Kumar, the boy's uncle. “If he was found murdered the same evening, and that too in Najafgarh, we should have been informed that a boy of the same description was found. He would have at least received a decent burial.”
The relatives blocked the road for about three hours and the entire flow of traffic came to a standstill.
Senior police officers, including the deputy commissioner of police of the district had to visit the spot and pacify the crowd. Police said action will be taken.
Jitender was a class VIII student in a government school and resided with his family in Chawla.