HOW HE LIVES, FIGHTS FOR HER

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT -

Through all the ups and downs of the case, Mithu, who never re­mar­ried, stood like a rock. Jassi, he says, is the love of his life.

“She loved me more than I can say. I re­mem­ber ev­ery mo­ment spent in her com­pany. She left her riches to be with a poor man like me. How can I for­get it?” he asks.

His fam­ily and friends tried to get him mar­ried again but he re­mained res­o­lute. “When I can­not give Jassi’s place to any­one, why should I marry?” he says.

It hasn’t been an easy fight for jus­tice. He was al­legedly framed in more than five cases, in­clud­ing one of rape reg­is­tered against him in 2004. But the com­plainant changed her state­ment, and ac­cused Jassi’s fam­ily of pres­sur­ing her to frame Mithu in the case.

“I was framed in a rape case, drug re­cov­ery and three more such cases. My younger brother, who is in Dubai, was also framed in a case of theft of mo­tor­cy­cle,” re­calls Mithu.

He claims Jassi’s fam­ily also tried to strike a com­pro­mise with him. “In 2012, I was of­fered 14 acres of land and Rs 1 crore through an MLA, but I re­fused it. How can I ac­cept it? How can I sell Jassi’s love like this? They kept quiet when I ask them why they killed my Jassi. I am poor but what Jassi gave me was more than any trea­sure. The only wish I have now is to see her mother and un­cle be­hind bars,” says Mithu, who is a mem­ber of the vil­lage pan­chayat for the last 12 years.

But such is the fear of Jassi’s fam­ily that ever since the news re­gard­ing their ex­tra­di­tion ap­peared in the me­dia, Mithu and his mother have gone into hid­ing.

“Ev­ery time me­dia high­lights the is­sue, I am booked in false cases. I am avoid­ing com­ing home till the two ar­rive in In­dia,” says Mithu, who met HT at a friend’s house.

She loved me more than I can say. I re­mem­ber ev­ery mo­ment spent in her com­pany. She left her riches to be with a poor man like me. How can I for­get it? When I can­not give Jassi’s place to any­one, why should I marry? SUKHWINDER SINGH MITHU, speak­ing with HT af­ter ex­tra­di­tion or­der We made Jassi talk to her mother. But she was cry­ing badly and ac­cused her of killing Mithu. She said, ‘Mom, I will ex­pose you be­fore po­lice to­mor­row.’ Her mother again spoke to us and fi­nally said, ‘Kill Jassi too’. ANIL KU­MAR, sen­tenced to life term for mur­der, as quoted in chargesheet There is enough ev­i­dence for suc­cess­ful trial against the mother and un­cle. Jassi’s fam­ily had con­tacted me and of­fered me a blank cheque to bury the case. But I told them, ‘Not ev­ery cop in Pun­jab po­lice is for sale!’ SWARAN SINGH KHANNA, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer

ME­MORIES RE­MAIN: Sukhwinder Singh Mithu show­ing Jaswinder Kaur Jassi’s pic­ture on his phone at a friend’s house near Lud­hi­ana; and (left) Jassi’s pho­to­graph from Mithu’s al­bum. SIKANDER SINGH/HT

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