A year after Vidhu Jain (11) was burnt alive in Malerkotla town of the district, his family remembered him on his first death anniversary.
As the district police had failed in tracing the culprits, the family had to knock the doors of the Punjab and Haryana high court which directed the state government to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Vidhu Jain's father Navneet Jain, who is now living in a rented house in Ludhiana with his wife and younger son, came to his old house in Malertkotla to pay tributes to his elder son.
During the recent Lok Sabha elections, several leaders from the region had called on the aggrieved family to extend their support, but on Tuesday, apart from Amargarh MLA Iqbal Singh and former Punjab BJP president Rajinder Bhandari, no other single politician from the district reached the venue to pay tributes to the young boy.
"It was a tough day for my family. I cannot hold back my tears, because we do not know the fault of my son who was murdered brutally. Police have failed to arrest the culprits after one year," said Navneet.
"But now there is a ray of hope, as the case is being shifted to the CBI and I am sure we will get justice," he added.
Navneet said that ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, all big politicians visited his house but they did not require the family after the elections, which was evident from the fact that the state government took one year to hand over the probe to the CBI.
Navneet's lawyer Brijeshwar Singh Jaiswal said, "After CBI's request, the high court has now directed the state government to hand over the case to the CBI so that it can start work."
Meanwhile, the family also distributed sewing machines to 30 poor women to mark the occasion.