Two months back, a two-year jail term to Siwan MP Mohammad Sahabuddin brought relief but not satisfaction in the hearts of Kaushalya Devi, the septuagenarian mother of slain JNU Students’ Union leader Chandrashekhar.
But on Tuesday, she was not only satisfied but also ecstatic. Such had been the sense of relief that Kaushalya, touched sweets for the first time in a decade, after her sons’ killing on March 31, 1997.
Kaushalya choose to travel to Siwan from her native village at Bindusar to be personally on spot to hear the judgment. "For the first time I distributed a kilogram of sweets among the people. This is a victory of people of Siwan," she said in a visibly elated voice to Hindustan Times over phone from Siwan.
"My wish is fulfilled. I am really happy. I was praying everyday to hear this sentence of the self-styled ruler of Siwan. After all justice prevails in God’s court but my heart is still not content. I want capital punishment for him," Kaushalya said.
With rule of land catching hold of Siwan MP, Kaushalya’s ‘wish’ is turning into a reality. "This is just the beginning. He is sure to get death sentence in Munna Chowdhary and Chandrashekhar murder case," she said with conviction. "It’s not only the killing of my son but he had ruined the life of hundreds of innocent families by his brutal acts," said Kaushalya.
She did not forget to praise the district administration, police and the judge. "I thank the local administration, police and judge for taking this bold decision," she added.
Asked whether she apprehended to threat to her life in the wake of the judgment, Kaushalya laughed, "What else he can do to me. They have already ruined me."
The slain JNU leader’s mother, who lives in a two-room thatched house, was one of the main witness in the abduction case of the CPI (ML) leader Keshav Bhatia and vandalism at the party office in September 7, 1998.
When a local court sentenced Siwan MP to undergo two-years imprisonment in a case related to attack on party office, she wished for a harsher sentence.
Kaushalya is however, peeved at the slow pace of investigation in the sensational killing of her son. "It’s almost a decade, but the case is yet o reach its logical end," she rued.