The Amazing Value of Rs. 75 in the Kathua Case

The Kashmir Crime-Branch chargesheet, which is, by every passing day, being exposed as more and more ridiculous, revealed another aspect to its fiction yesterday.

Recall that one prominent “story” (or should I call it tale) in the chargesheet is the money that Sanji Ram allegedly hands to everyone around to bribe his way out of trouble. He gives no less than 4 lakh Rs to one policewala, 1.5 lakh to another, more money to the administrators of his son’s college, and on top of that, keeps a large amount with him at all times in case more people need to be bribed.

Now, this sort of behavior might be possible for someone — say an allegedly corrupt Kashmir cop who might have had to resort to such things to evade punishment in the rape and murder cases against him [I am referring to Irfan Wani, one of the members of the crime branch SIT] — but does it fit Sanji Ram? A retired man, with no current source of income?

This aspect first came to my mind when I noticed that Sanji Ram’s daugher Madhubala, who appears in several interviews asking for CBI inquiry, is wearing only 2 or 3 salwar kameezes. I thought “this lady does not even seem to have a lot of clothes, yet her father is accused of bribing half the town with lakhs of rupees…doesn’t seem to add up.”

In one interview, responding to the claim of a notorious “activist” with connections to separatists that a “supari” for Rs. 6 lakhs was out for someone speaking on behalf of the Kanjak, Madhubala retorted that “kya ab Jammu ke Hinduon ke paas itne paise aa gaye hain?” (do the Hindus of Jammu now have so much money?) And her voice seemed very sincere– -that this kind of money is simply not available to these people.

Now, Zee News, in its expose, has actually put numbers in front of us. Get this: Vishal Jangotra, just before he withdrew Rs. 1000 from his sister’s account via ATM, had 75 rupees in that account!! Indeed, he had to take a loan of Rs. 500 from his co-renter. When he withdrew Rs. 1000, from the Rs. 3000 that his sister sent to that account, he gave Rs. 500 back to the person he had taken loan from.

During the whole time, his account rarely exceeds a few thousand rupees, mostly staying below Rs. 3000. And he is living away from his family — and this is the state he lives in! Also, he shares the single room that he rents in Muzaffarbad with no less than 3 other students. Does this look like a kid from a well-off family to anyone with a little bit of common sense?

Here is the picture of his bank account (courtesy Zee TV: entire video report by Zee here:

Anyone with a little bit of common sense can see this is a boy who is living hand to mouth, taking small loans to make his ends meet, getting small transfers into his account from family etc. Basically a lower middle class rural family’s familiar hand-to- mouth existence. What kind of sick imagination will put lakhs and lakhs of rupees at the disposal of his father, who goes to town bribing everyone to get his way!

What kind of a sick imagination do the Kashmir crime branch have? Now that we know Vishal was nowhere near Jammu on the 15th, we know what kind of a sick imagination they have — these are the guys who penned the famous words “come here to satisfy your lust” to have Vishal come there. These are the guys who imagined a third rate crime novel’s body disposal scene and put Vishal as the undertaker in their fictional Jan 15th scene (when we now know Vishal was taking Rs. 1000 out of money his sister had sent to pay back Rs. 500 he had to take “udhaar” from his room-mate).

What sick perversion is this? Is this a crime investigation or some kind of fantasy of four failed crime fiction writers, one of whom is himself a rape and murder accused, and another who has been accused of hampering the collection of evidence in past cases? You decide.

PS: I am not even going to talk of the beating and torture this “investigation team” put Vishal’s room-mates through (Zee had that expose today; watch it if you haven’t already).

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Vinay Kumar
Devout Hindu and practising brahmin, very interested in history and current affairs of Bharat. Do not believe in birth-based "caste" but rather varna based on swadharma and swabhava, and personal commitment to that varna's dharmas. I don't judge people by the religion they profess: every human being should be treated with equal dignity. At the same time, I don't judge a religion by the people I know who profess it. A religion, like any doctrine, should be subjected to critical examination using facts and reason.
  • Bharathi Suta

    Great article! Sanji Ram has lakhs to give to others while his only son studying in some college far from home gets 75 rupees. Who can believe this??