Having served 20 years in jail for the murder of his wife and daughter two decades ago, if Pushkar Bhatt would have been mistaken if he had hoped for any redemption. In a strange turn of events, Bhatt now wants the administration to put him back to the gallows, and it isn’t for any crime that he may have committed. Bastadi, Bhatt’s native village in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh, witnessed devastating flash floods in July 2016 and forced the entire population of the village to evacuate. This was a year before he was released from prison.
Bhatt has now petitioned the administration to send him back to jail if it doesn’t have any plans to rehabilitate his village. “When I returned I saw my village had been ruined in a natural disaster, now no inhabitants here, have nothing to do, I feel scared also,” Bhatt told ANI.
Notably, Bhatt’s petition before the administration is not defeatist, for he spent a full six months living alone in the marooned village with no soul for company. Media reports quoted him as saying that even wild animals would often come roaming from nearby jungles making life difficult as well as dangerous.
As per media reports, Bhatt had approached the district administration seeking help on many occasions, but his efforts appeared to have come to nought. Left with no other option, Bhatt then told the District Magistrate that he has nowhere to go other than the prison where he spent 20 years of his life.