Kin run from pillar to post for release of Nodeep Kaur, Shiv Kumar

Kin run from pillar to post for release of Nodeep Kaur, Shiv Kumar

Nodeep Kaur

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, February 21

It has been over 40 days since activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested on charges of attempt to murder, extortion and snatching, but her elder sister, who studies in Delhi University, has been still running from pillar to post for justice.

The family members of Shiv Kumar, an associate of Nodeep, are waiting to meet him even a month after his arrest. The Kundli police had arrested Nodeep, a member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, on January 12 in connection with three criminal cases for extortion, snatching, rioting and attempt to murder and she was lodged in Karnal jail since then.

Shiv Kumar

Her elder sister Rajveer Kaur, working with Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch, a student organisation, said they had learnt to fight social evils from their mother Swaranjit Kaur. “My mother always raised her voice against caste oppression and exploitation of women,” she said.

“We have written to the Prime Minister’s Office, Chief Ministers of Haryana and Punjab, National Human Rights Commission, National SC/ST Commission and National Women Commission,” she said. Nodeep had got bail in two cases and her bail application in the third case would be taken up on Monday. Shiv had not got bail in any case.

Rajbeer said his son Shiv was picked by the Kundli police on January 16, but they came to know about his arrest on January 31. “The police produced him in court on January 23 and took him on 10-day police remand, but did not inform us. We met the Sonepat SP on January 31 and he confirmed the arrest,” he said, adding that Shiv was sent to judicial custody on February 2.

“I tried to meet him in jail three or four times, but the jail administration did not allow us citing Covid protocol,” Rajbeer said. He said cops picked his son on January 16 and kept him in illegal detention before taking him on 10-day police remand.

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