Woman on 500km padyatra to meet CM Adityanath to seek justice for slain brother
A 48-year-old woman is on a 500km-march to meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Rakshabandhan, hoping that he will understand a sister’s feeling and ensure that justice is done in her brother’s murder case.Updated: Aug 06, 2017 11:28 IST
Forty-eight-year-old Aruna Tyagi has taken up an arduous journey of travelling nearly 500 kilometres on foot, from Ghaziabad to Lucknow, to meet Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on ‘Rakshabandhan’ and seek justice for her brother’s murder.
She alleged that those who murdered her brother, Praveen Tyagi, are roaming free. She said she started her journey as she failed to get help from the police.
Aruna and her son Ankit are midway, near Shahjahanpur, and are speeding up their journey to reach Lucknow on the day of the festival.
“It was an instantaneous decision and I started the next day. I approached every police officer with a complaint but no arrest has been made till date. The killers murdered my brother and even defaced the body so that it could not be identified. I have faith that CM Yogiji will understand the pain of a sister who has lost her brother,” Aruna said.
“My brother was brutally murdered and a wire was found around his throat. There were multiple injury marks and the body was in such a condition that it could not be identified. The torture inflicted on him keeps haunting me,” she said.
Praveen, 35, went missing on the night of May 22 while he was returning home from Modi Nagar to Khindoda. His body was found in a decomposed state on May 24 in a jungle area.
“The assailants tried to mask his identity and had poured acid on the body. We identified him through a surgery mark on his leg and another surgery mark on his abdomen, which he sustained after an operation. My uncle was loved by all six sisters, including Aruna, the eldest of them. After their father’s death, Praveen remained unmarried and got two of his sisters married. He was preparing for the marriage of his third sister,” said Nitin Tyagi, Praveen’s nephew.
Nitin said that an FIR was lodged by Praveen’s elder brother, Arvind, who was not on talking terms with his brother for years. The FIR named several persons who were Praveen’s friends but none of them emerged as culprits in the police investigation and repeated questioning, he said.
“Initially, the victim’s brother lodged an FIR but the persons he named did not emerge accused as yet. After that, Aruna also gave us a complaint, suspecting the role of her elder brother. We have now handed over the case to the crime branch for a detailed inquiry,” AK Maurya, superintendent of police (rural), said.
Braving rains, blisters on her feet and deteriorating health, Aruna is still continuing the gruelling ‘Pad Yatra’.
“She is consuming only fluids and her health is deteriorating. Whenever we rest, she breaks down thinking of uncle Praveen. However, she is adamant on reaching Lucknow on the festival. We rest under trees, in temples or dharamshalas during the night. Walking alone at night is not safe in isolated stretches,” Ankit, Aruna’s son, said.
“When all efforts to nab the culprits failed, I started the journey on July 25. The culprit could be anyone. It is my belief that CM Yogi will help me and get those responsible arrested, be it be a family member, my brother or an outsider. I simply want justice and the killers should be hanged,” Aruna said.
In a late development on Saturday, the crime branch arrested two persons, Gaurav and Pankaj.
“Electronic surveillance confirmed their suspicious activity around the scene of crime. Once Aruna returns, we will seek her help in the case,” said Brijesh Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (crime).
First Published: Aug 05, 2017 22:10 IST