Gurgaon PG death: Protests, candlelight marches in Lal Kuan
Ramesh, 20, died on late Wednesday night in DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon, after being allegedly pushed from the fifth floor by the owner of the paying guest accommodation in which he was staying. The PG caretaker, Satish, and another man involved in the fight with Ramesh and his friends, Shamsher, were arrested while the rest are absconding.dehradun Updated: Jul 08, 2017 20:50 IST
GURGAON: Students and locals will hold protests and candle light marches in Nainital’s Lal Kuan on Sunday to demand justice for Ramesh Bisht who died in a fatal fall from a Gurgaon building.
Ramesh, 20, died on late Wednesday night in DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon, after being allegedly pushed from the fifth floor by the owner of the paying guest accommodation in which he was staying. The PG caretaker, Satish, and another man involved in the fight with Ramesh and his friends, Shamsher, were arrested while the rest are absconding.
Ramesh’s roommate Kishan Deopa asserted he and his fellow ‘pahadis’ won’t stay quiet. “Satbir Singh (the PG owner) thought he can do anything as he is a local. He kept abusing and threatening us that we were outsiders. We will show him what we can do,” he said.
Kishan added that his village Bindukhatta in Nainital would protest, sit on dharnas and organise marches to bring the culprits to task. “Ramesh wasn’t just our friend, he was a son on Bindukhatta,” Deopa said, adding that a massive protest would be held on Sunday with the people from Bindukhatta and Nainital.
Ramesh’s father Ratan Singh Bisht vowed to not let the criminals go away. “Only two people have been arrested until now. But the main culprit (the PG owner) is still free. Just because Ramesh was not from Gurgaon but from a village in Uttarakhand, the police is taking it lightly,” the retired armyman said. “We left with his body on Thursday night and completed the last rites on reaching Bindukhatta village on Friday morning.”
On Friday itself, Bisht’s friends and locals of Bindukhatta held a candlelight march. “The candle vigil was just a small example of what will happen on Sunday,” Kishan said.
Kamal Bhagoria said his friend’s death left him numb. “I still remember how Ramesh screamed when he was pushed down from the balcony. It was spine chilling...all of us just stood still.” Another PG inmate Ravi Mangla, who witnessed the brawl, asserted that the people want justice.
On Saturday morning, a group of 50-60 people gathered around the Lal Kuan police post and demanded action against the culprits. “The police says the matter is of Gurgaon and only they can take action but it has been able to arrest two men only. We will do anything to ensure the culprits are put behind bars,” Vinod Shahi, another PG inmate, said.
BJP MLA from Lalkuan Naveen Dumka said he had asked Nainital Lok Sabha MP Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar over the matter and ensure justice for the Bisht family. “We are also asking chief ministerTrivendra Singh Rawat to take up the matter with his Haryana counterpart and ensure that the guilty are brought to book,” Dumka said.
Beena Joshi, a Pradesh Congress Committee member from Lalkuan, said a massive protest would be conducted in Lalkuan on Sunday morning. “The people will reach the Saheed Smarak. From there, around 500-1,000 people will move out to the colonies and bazaars of Lalkuan demanding justice for Ramesh who was killed in cold blood,” Joshi said.
She said the agitation would continue till justice was delivered and all the perpetrators were arrested. “On Friday night, the residents of Lalkuana and Bindukhatta had taken out a candle march demanding justice for Ramesh Bisht,” Joshi said. WITH INPUTS FROM ABHINAV MADHWAL IN HALDWANI
First Published: Jul 08, 2017 20:50 IST