This was no honour killing. It was just the easy availability of an ‘interested party’, or should we say, a ‘murder tool’ that ended the life of the 15-year-old Manish Kumar at Durgawati in Kaimur district on Tuesday. Equally to blame were the irresponsible and unresponsive cops at the Durgawati police station before whom the whole drama was enacted.
Manish, sources said, fell in love with a girl and without the slightest hint as to what lay in store for him, wrote to her a letter expressing his feelings for her. The girl in turn handed over the letter to her family members who set off another group of boys, about the same age as Manish, to teach him ‘the lesson of his life’. One among the rival group was vying with Manish to find favour with the girl.
Manish, a class 9 student of Karnpura High School was going to school on that fateful Tuesday when he found himself accosted by the rival group and the family members of the girl, including Birendra Baitha, Arvind Baitha and Bhulai Baitha, near Dahala turning on GT Road, about 400 metres west of Durgawati police station.
They assaulted Manish severely, tonsured and paraded him in the town. But in the meantime, Manish’s mother arrived and implored them to leave her son alone, to which they agreed.
Later, the mother-son duo reached the Durgawati police station to lodge a formal complaint against the assailants. Surprisingly, SI Ali Asgar, far from initiating any action against the accused, asked them to settle their dispute ‘outside the police station’.
But the sheer audacity of mother-son to reach the police station raised the hackles of the assailants, who assaulted them a second time. The hapless boy disentangled himself and ran only to be pursued by his assailants, who caught hold of him and tossed him before a running train. His body was recovered by the police from the railway tracks informed them about the incident.
SP Rajesh Kumar confirmed that rivalry between two groups over winning the favour of the girl had caused the shameful incident. He promptly ordered an FIR under sections 302/ 34 of the Indian Penal Code be lodged against three named assailants including the family members of the girl and four unnamed ones on the statement of Lalita Devi, mother of the deceased. He also ordered the suspension of SI Ali Asgar.
Meanwhile, the Karnpura High School students and staff members organized a condolence meeting on Wednesday and demanded capital punishment to the assailants.