15 June, 2021

The Story From The Van

The media-political circus was a blot at slain Hemraj’s village

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Story From The Van

The first thing you notice is the fresh coat of mud that has been plastered on the exteriors of the kuchcha houses in Shergarh village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The drains have been cleaned too, and very recently. Truckloads of mud have been spread to make the dilapidated roads manageable for the visiting vvips.

On some grotesque level, it’s a Peepli Live moment for the village of decapitated soldier Lance Naik Hemraj. The media has arrived here in droves. There was another soldier victim of the January 8 incident, Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, whose corpse was sent back to his village Dadhiya, in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district. But that hamlet is a long way away. Mathura, meanwhile, is less than 200 km from Delhi, hence the media spotlight on Hemraj’s village.

A big compound with a huge black gate has been kept open since January 8 when the men in olives came to the village to inform the family about the tragedy. People from the villages nearby have gathered since to express their solidarity with the family. Village elders share...

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