Bengaluru: The dark side of the real estate business in the city – the parents of 23-year-old Jasimuddin Mondal, who died under mysterious circumstances in July last year, are running from pillar to post to obtain the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of their son’s death.
The parent’s claim that their son was healthy and did not have any vices and they suspect foul play in his sudden demise, as neither is his employer giving them a convincing explanation about his death nor is the police interested in ruling out foul play.
“In two days, it’s going to be six months since my son’s unnatural death and I do not know the exact cause of his death.” “The hospital says that they have handed the post-mortem report to the victim’s contractor, and he told us that it would take three more months for the report to arrive. The police say they have not received any post-mortem report from the hospital and we don’t know whom to believe,” said Mostafa Mondal, father of Jasumuddin, a resident of Ajlampur Puratanpara in Nadia district, West Bengal.
Jasimuddin was found dead on July 10, 2015 at his labour shed in Doddakannelli on Sarjapur Road. “He had died in his sleep. Other workers who were sleeping near him heard him making some strange noises, but they thought he could be making the noise in his sleep and ignored it, but he was found lying motionless in the morning,” said contractor Nazrul to this newspaper.
He was shifted to Vydhei Hospital where he was declared “brought dead”, he added.
The H.S.R. Police had registered an unnatural death case and was probing the matter. The parents, after repeated failed attempts of meeting the Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East, have engaged a few NGOs who are contemplating filing a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). Jasimuddin’s parents alleged that his employer had greased the palms of the police to avoid any case of negligence that would be registered against them for their son’s death. And the police who are favouring the builders/employer are not moving in the case, with no signs of the PM report or any compensation from the builders/employer for the labourer’s sudden death.
“If the builder gives away lakhs of rupees to the police to escape a case, how could you expect the builder to compensate the victim,” asks Mostafa Mondal adding that the police could write whatever they wanted on how my son died.
Trail of deaths
Another labourer from the same labour shed had fallen to his death from atop an under-construction building, about three months before the death of Jasimuddin. His co-workers alleged that the builders had paid Rs 3 lakhs to the police to avert a case of negligence against them, but a few activists who came to know about this confronted the builders and claimed a compensation of Rs 7 lakhs, which was later agreed upon by the builders but the compensation never came. The deceased was Hasibur Raha-man, 24, who fell off from atop a under-construction building on April 25, 2015.