“I just want to know whether my husband and child are dead or alive,” said 28- year-old Malad resident Gujrawata Kevat, whose seven-year-old son Amit and husband Ram Avandh went missing within 15 days.
On April 2, 2003, Amit did not return home from school. On April 18, 2003, Ram and his friend Kunnu left the house saying that they were going to Vasai to search for Amit. After a while Kunnu returned home. “He told me that Ram had sent him back to look after the day’s business,” said Kevat.
In May 2003, Kevat filed a case against Kunnu for allegedly kidnapping her husband. “Kunnu was arrested and was released on bail,” she said. She went to the police station thrice in the past seven years, to record her statement. “Every time they asked me whether I had information about Ram and Amit,” said Kevat. “If I had information, why would I go to them (police)?”
In July, she found a letter in her house, which made her believe that her husband’s disappearance was a conspiracy.
“I found a letter written by my husband to the senior inspector of the Dindoshi police station against a person named Chandrapal Singh who he thought might kidnap him or his family members,” Kevat said.
Ram had written that in January 2002, Singh demanded Rs 90,000 from him. “I also found another paper which was a notice sent by Singh to my husband,” said Kevat. Singh had said Ram had mortgaged his share of his ancestral properties in Uttar Pradesh.
Kevat’s mother-in-law told her that some people had visited their house in UP and took information about Ram’s share in the property.
They also threatened her if she did not disclose this to them.
Kevat has written a letter to the state home minister, Superintendent of Thane (rural) police, and the police station.
“If they fail to take action, then we will go to court,” said Kevat’s lawyer F. H. Sheikh.