In October 2018, the CBI gave up on its investigation and filed a closure report in court, stating that it was unable to locate Najeeb despite concerted efforts and declaring him “untraced.”
“After the incident, I left the village owing to fear of attack and migrated to Indore where my elder son is working for a private company.”
India already has the largest population facing food shortages in the world, with an estimated 189 million people in India already undernourished before the pandemic began.
The accused followed Meghwal to Suratgarh, in neighbouring Ganganagar district, where he had gone on an errand, and abducted him on his way back. They allegedly beat him to death.