In Hathras Shooting Case, Police Inaction As Much Cause for Worry As Impunity of Accused – By Ismat Ara
Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras is once again in the news, this time for the killing of a 50-year-old man in broad daylight. Awanish Kumar Sharma, a farmer, was killed by Gaurav Sharma, a resident of Bahraich district, along with 5 others, who shot at him multiple times using unlicensed guns.
Subhash Chandra Sharma, the deceased’s brother told The Wire that the murder was executed because Awanish had refused to withdraw a case he had filed in 2018 against Gaurav Sharma for sexually harassing his 23-year-year old daughter….
The impunity of the accused may shock some, but the inaction of the police in the case is even more disturbing. Members of the victim’s family told The Wire that Gaurav Sharma had threatened Awanish several times, pressuring him to withdraw the case….