Father of kidnap victim pleads for justice or death

Bihar resident’s daughter was abducted from their Muzaffarpur residence by the land mafia

The Supreme Court recently slammed the Bihar government and the Central Bureau of Investigation while shifting the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case of 34 minor girls to Delhi.

A sexagenarian, whose minor daughter too was abducted over six years ago from the same town of Muzaffarpur, and the SC-monitored case is being investigated by the CBI, has pleaded to the court to give him “justice or death.”

Two weeks ago the 68-year-old father lost all hopes of justice when the police officer whom he had accused in the case, was appointed new Director General of Police (DGP) of the State. But his hope was revived when the SC on February 7 slammed the Bihar government and the CBI while shifting the shelter abuse case of Muzaffarpur to a Delhi court.

Similar case

“My case too relates to an abuse of a minor girl, under investigation by the CBI, monitored by the Supreme Court, and it happened just two-three km from the shelter home in Muzaffarpur town. I appeal to the honorable judges for justice or, sentence me to death,” he told The Hindu over phone.

He also asked: “How could I survive here when the policeman whom I’ve made accused in the case is appointed the new DGP of the State. Is this good governance of the Nitish Kumar government?”

An IPS officer of the 1987 batch, Gupteshwar Pandey was appointed DGP of Bihar on January 31, 2019. Mr. Pandey was Inspector General of Police in Muzaffarpur when the Class VII student was kidnapped in the intervening night of September 18-19, 2012, from her bedroom allegedly by the land mafia who were eyeing his prime ancestral property worth crores. The father had named Mr. Pandey and 11 others as suspects in the kidnapping case.

The CBI, while seeking another extension – a sixth one - to conclude the investigation in the case had informed the SC on September 14, 2018 that Mr. Pandey and other police officials have been “examined” in the case. It further mentioned about the “deceptive response” of the main policeman investigating the case and has pledged to explore the “bureaucrat-mafia nexus” in the crime. Mr. Pandey, however, could not be contacted for his version despite several attempts.

Earlier, Mr. Pandey was also accused for “appearing” in Law degree examination without taking the requisite permission from the home department. In 2009, he had taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service (IPS) hoping to contest Lok Sabha election that year from Buxar constituency but denied a ticket. He was, in a rare move, reinstated by the Bihar government in service in nine months.

A lone battle

The father claimed he has recorded several gigabytes of phone conversation with police and CBI officials and has also written over 175-pages on the case in his diary which could have easily led the investigating agency to crack the case but, “no one takes my lone battle for justice to my daughter on serious note”.

Further, he said he has written letters to the President, Prime Minister, honorable judges and even met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar twice for justice. But even after more than six years justice eludes him, as he says in a quiver: “Why am I being denied justice for so long? Isn’t justice delayed justice denied?”

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