A 19-year old girl named Seema, belonging to the Dalit community of village Budina Khurd in Uttar Pradesh, was shot dead in broad daylight by a man named Shahnawaz and his friend Asrani, reports Hindi daily Amar Ujala.
According to police, the incident took place on Thursday, 30th August, 2018. Shahnawaz had a love affair with a friend of Seema. Due to his bad habits, Seema prevented her friend to meet Shahnawaz, due to which the couple parted away. He held Seema responsible for his break-up. Thus, out of anger and rage, he shot on Seema multiple times, when she went to the forest to collect fodder with other women of the village. Then, he left from the spot.
On hearing the sound of bullets, women came running and saw the bloodied dead body of Seema. They immediately rushed to Seema’s house to inform her family about the incident.
Shockingly, the accused Shahnawaz, after murdering Seema, went to her house and informed her mother about her daughter’s murder. Meanwhile, the women who went to inform Seema’s mother identified him and told her mother about Shahnawaz being the murderer. Soon he escaped from there.
Apparently, Shahnawaz had, several times in past, threatened Seema’s mother that she should ask Seema to mind her ways and stay away from him and his girlfriend, otherwise he would kill Seema. Infact, just two days before the incident, that is, on Tuesday also, he gave such a threat to Seema’s mother at her home.
This village Budina Khurd is a Muslim dominated village. A very less population of Dalits also reside here. Villagers have alleged that the killer Shahnawaz along with a group of his friends used to roam in the Dalit colony everyday to molest and tease the women there. But due to powerful influence of the accused, villagers never complained to the police about it.
Demanding the arrest of Shahnawaz, Seema’s family and villagers did not allow anyone to lift the body from the spot. Only after police intervention and assurance that accused will be caught soon, police was allowed to take the dead body in its possession and sent it to the mortuary. The girl’s father, Ramkishan, has filed a murder case against Shahnawaz and his friend Asrani. Police is searching for the accused.
There is a situation of tension in the village due to which heavy police force has been deployed there.
Did you find this article useful? We’re a non-profit. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.