Gurgaon PG death: Bisht’s family, welfare bodies demand transfer of case to Nainital
On July 5, 20-year-old Ramesh Singh Bisht died after he was allegedly thrown off the fifth floor of the PG in which he was staying in DLF Phase 3 with at least 20 others.gurgaon Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:40 IST
The 50-year-old father of Ramesh Bisht, a student from Uttarakhand who died after being allegedly pushed from the fifth floor of a paying guest (PG) accommodation in DLF Phase 3 on July 5, came to Gurgaon on Thursday with ‘a last hope to get justice’.
On July 5, 20-year-old Ramesh Singh Bisht died after he was allegedly thrown off the fifth floor of the PG in which he was staying in DLF Phase 3 with at least 20 others.
Ramesh’s father, Ratan Singh Bisht, his relatives, and members of four organisations working for the welfare of people of Uttarakhand in Gurgaon, went to the Mini Secretariat here on Thursday afternoon and submitted a memorandum to the subdivisional magistrate Bharat Bhushan Gogia.
While the memorandum had various demands, the primary one being the shifting of the case from Gurgaon to Nainital.
“The owner of the PG, Satbir Singh, is powerful. He has political connections and a lot of money and muscle power. He was arrested only after 15 days and a lot of protests in Nanital. If the case isn’t transferred, he will certainly influence the verdict here and we won’t get justice,” retired army officer Ratan Singh said.
Ramesh’s paternal uncle, Jaswant Singh, said Satbir has till now been protecting himself and his sons.
“His two sons— Rahul and Rohit— who also beat up Ramesh and his friends are still absconding. It shows how powerful Satbir is. We will never get justice if the case remains here,” Jaswant said.
Ramesh’s neighbor Kamal Singh Rathore, who was also in Gurgaon on Thursday morning, claimed that since Ramesh was not a local, he would not get justice.
“If the case is transferred to Nainital, at least we won’t be discriminated against for being pahadis ( mountain dwellers),” 43-year-old Rathore said.
Apart from the transfer of case, the delegation has also demanded the arrest of all accused, including the PG owner’s two sons, and a proper compensation to Bisht’s family.
About 25 members of four welfare organizations— Kumau Bhratri Mangal, Garhwal Sabha, Devbhumi Jagriti Manch and Devbhumi Pragiti Manch— met the SDM and submitted the memorandum.
“We wanted to meet the DC but he was not available. So we met the SDM and told him our memorandum. A copy was given to the personal assistant of the DC as well,” Devender Rawat, president of the Garhwal Sabha, said.
KD Sharma, president of the Kumaun Mandal, said of the other PG inmates, who are eyewitnesses to the murder, 10 have returned to Nainital.
“They have left their studies. They say they will remain unemployed but will never return to Gurgaon. If the case is transferred to Nainital, they will be able to freely tell the judge what had happened. But here, they won’t even come to record their statements,” Sharma said.
Bharat Bhushan Gogia, SDM North, said he has received the memorandum but the required action will only be taken by the DC’s office.
Sons still absconding
Satbir Singh, the owner of the PG, who used to stay on the first floor of the PG and is a local from Nathupur village, was arrested on Monday.
Two others, Vijay and Yogender, who worked in the PG , were also arrested from Nathupur, said sub-inspector Manoj Kumar, chowki- incharge of DLF Phase 2.
“Three teams had been conducting searches to nab the accused. Singh was arrested from Nathupur on Monday,” Kumar said. The trio was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
A total of six arrests have been made in the case while two others— Rohit and Rahul— Satbir’s sons are still absconding.