Dalit couple had just Rs 5 to buy food when killed
AGRA: Ashok Mishra, the Mainpuri shopkeeper who allegedly murdered Dalit couple Bharat Singh and Mamta over a debt of a mere Rs 15, told the police after he was caught that he was furious they did not repay him the debt although they had the money with them. On Friday, the slain couple’s daughter Milan said her poor parents had just Rs 5 in their pockets to feed themselves when they went out for work and were killed.
Milan, 18, told TOI that her mother, an agricultural labourer, was the sole breadwinner of the family because Bharat, who had respiratory problems, could not work much. “On Thursday morning, they started for Saifai to find work on foot. They had only Rs 5 with them, with which they bought biscuits from a shop near Mishra’s. That was all the money they had, and if they had given it to Mishra they would have gone hungry for the rest of the day. They just asked him for more time. And they were killed even before they could eat the biscuits,” said the girl, her voice breaking, on the phone from the hut in which the family lives in Lakhni Mahatpur village of Karhal tehsil.
“They had bought some things from Mishra’s shop a few days ago and owed him Rs 15. On Thursday, Mishra saw them buying biscuits and demanded his money. He then started abusing them. When my parents objected to his language, he ran back to his house and came out with an axe. Then he hacked them to death on the spot,” said Milan. The biscuit packet was found near their bodies, unopened.
Milan is unsure how her three younger brothers – Rahul, 15, Ranjit, 13 and Lallu, 8 – will survive now. “They have no one and I’m not sure if my husband’s family will let them stay with me. We too have a hand-to-mouth existence,” said the girl, who has another married elder sister.
Though the state government had announced a Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family, Milan said she didn’t know how and when the family would get it. Mishra, who has been remanded in judicial custody for a fortnight, continues to be unrepentant. “He has no regrets,” said SP Dev Ranjan Verma.
canada – 3 hours ago
PM Modi, Please help that family by getting them the funds promised ASAP and have some honest government official monitor its proper usage. You are a honest man and I trust you will do the needful.-Indian living in Canada
Why so much sadistic violence?
You,toi, please give their account. I am willing to help. It is sad is see this in a country of millionaire people.
CLEMENT ANTHONY PINTO
Poor Dalit being killed for not paying a small amount for food to eat
Rich and famous Roy & Mallu are enjoying life after such type of frauds?????
pl don”t stress too much on word “dalit”, there are lot of similar cases happening with other POOR people as well, don”t need to know their surnames to provide them justice. shopkeepers act is extremely inhuman and extreme, such people should be hanged, he should not be given any right to live in human society..
N K GOPAL
Why why the story has a dalit tag? Were they killed because they were dalits? No. Were they killed because of the Rs 15/= unpaid loan? No. Killing was after the heated exchange. May be they were habitual defaulters.We don”t know.
sad incident. but one more question to be asked is…..why give birth to 5 kids if u cant feed them. instead if ur living hand to mouth u should be more cautious.
Caste system created by brahmins to ensure they enjoy life must be destroyed this is barbaric so many people in india struggle for 1 sqauare meal
If these is the case then I really don”t wish to pay Income tax. The poor remains poor and the rich and corrupt flourish. why should I pay tax when it”s not reaching poor people.
Pathetic state of affairs. The state government must make arrangements to look after the orphans.
The 5 lac compensation announced won”t go to the children in the end. It will be pocketed by unscrupulous bureaucrats.
animals have compassion -some people have no heart