A young government contractor Subhash Verma, was brutally murdered in broad day light in June 2011 by professional killers in Hamirpur District of this hill state, it took a rigorous and emotionally traumatic battle for the Subhash Verma’s family and it was in the year 2012 that the murderers were brought to justice and life imprisonment was awarded to them for the heinous crime which they had done. It all began when Subhash Verma had bagged a medium financial expenditure kind of a contract, but this contract costed him his life leaving behind his wife, his young kids and ailing and old aged parents, who allege to be living under continuous threats by the convicts and his associates. But the battle didn’t last till the court of the law only, now that the convict Mandeep Singh is absconding, since his parole from Hamirpur Jail, is another fight that this family is fighting in order to bring in back to his rightful place, jail, for the crime which he has done.
While talking to this reporter, Kusum Verma wife of Subhash Verma, said,“ there is definitely some conspiracy between Mandeep Singh and the police, as after the Hamirpur Sessions court had found him guilty of murdering my husband , he was sent to Nahan Jail to complete his sentence but soon after he was transferred to Kanda jail, and there after Mandeep due to his links with high profile people who can political or money wise, managed his transfer from Kanda Jail to Hamirpur Jail, in a normal cpurse this not the structure of functioning, but since this convict hails from Hamirpur, which is the constituency of Ex Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and in Parliament represented by Anurag Thakur(elder son of Prem Kumar Dhumal), which raise the doubt in the credentials in which this particular convict has been treated. And it was sooner than later, that he was granted parole soon after his shifting which happened in month of January this year, and since then he has been absconding, and repeated representations to the police have proven to be futile. We suspect the conspiracy of the police officials on account of the fact that, SP crime Shimla in 2013 acting on suo motto had initiated the enquiry in this case when the court had found all the accused guilty of the crime and judgement had been pronounced , and SP Shimla was trying to use all methods to turn the eye witnesses hostile, and when this was learnt we approached the top cop of the state with the hope that justice would be protected, and narrating the entire case to DGP Sanjay Kumar that the case has attained the judgement of the Hamirpur Sessions court, but the SP Crime Shimla is trying to turn the witnesses hostile, to which Sanjay Kumar answered were rhetoric, and he further suggested us that this a part of the police procedural and there is nothing wrong if the SP is conducting a enquiry into the case.”
This reporter had made several calls to Sanjay Kumar regarding this case, but he was unavailable for his comments, till the filing of the story. But till date, police and other officials concerned, as learnt by reliable sources in the police department, have failed to conduct any inquiry into his disappearance and no phone calls or any other modes of tracking have not been employed for Mandeep trace. By the way in which the police and the other law enforcing agencies are acting, the integrity of police is definitely questionable. This being a matter of the life of the family of Subhash Verma, who are already living in mental pathetic way and are in constant of losing the other family member as this fellow Mandeep is regular offender of law and is at bay from the law. The grieved family still not losing hope for justice for them, has approached the Chief Minister, Chief Justice the Governor and the police DGP through memorandum.
While talking to the legal expert Mr Sudhir Thakur, who is a senior lawyer in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, on the contents and the context of the memorandum which Kusum Verma has presented to the above mentioned top heads, it was learnt that this is apunisabale offence under IPC and FIR in this matter should be immediately registered, and running away when convicted is a cognizable offence under section 174 A, and under this section the PO, when declared, is liable to given three years of sentence and also the officials of the police who have failed to perform their duty to keep the convict in custody are also liable to face similar punishment under section 120B.