Gangrape, murder and unending wait for justice
All this happened in September 2011. Since then, the woman’s father, junior commanding officer Subedar Akhileshar Kumar Singh, now posted at Danapur Cantonment, has been fighting for justice. His daughter, 26, was married to an Army lance naik, Saket Kumar, now declared a deserter.
The Gaya police have chargesheeted nine people including Saket Kumar for rape, murder and dowry harassment, but not been able to arrest any of them yet. Three people have sought anticipatory bail and the rest are listed as “absconding” in the police diary.
Singh’s family alleges police are too scared to travel to the Naxal-dominated villages of the accused. His wife Urmila Devi, stricken ill by the loss of their daughter and bedridden since, alleges a local politician had put pressure on police “not to arrest anyone”.
When the Army officer met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his janta darbar on Monday, senior police officers present there “knew his case very well”. He was sent home with assurances about how serious the police were about his daughter’s case.
It was the second time Singh had met the chief minister. Singh says he and his son Nitesh