Naugachia, Sept. 9: An abducted Chandigarh-based girl was recovered yesterday from Naugachia, exposing vulnerability of outsiders in the sub-division town of Bhagalpur district.
A joint team of Chandigarh and Naugachia police conducted a raid at Sripur village and rescued the minor girl amid protests of villagers, but the abductor — Sanjeev Kumar Sharma — fled. According to the FIR lodged by the victim’s mother in Mohali, Sanjeev kidnapped the girl from Mohali in mid-June. After a few days, he brought the girl here and forcibly married her in a temple.
The rescued minor girl was the third person from outside the state subjected to crime here, around 250km east of Patna, within two months. Criminals murdered two other outsiders — Silchar youth Pritam Bhattacharjee (25) in mid-July and Noida-based Babloo (20) in August-end.
The rescued girl told the police that Sanjeev used to work as a mason in Mohali and she was introduced to him by one of her friends. She claimed that Sanjeev married her at a Hunuman temple in Sripur. “Whenever I expressed my wish to return to Mohali, he used to beat me up,” the girl was quoted as saying.
The girl’s parents have their roots at Bareilli in UP. They shifted to Mohali 15 years ago in search of job and started staying at Sector-70. Sources said, the girl went missing on June 15. Eight days later, her mother lodged an FIR.
Acting on a tip-off, the Chandigarh police team came here and rescued the girl with the help of Bhagalpur cops. Naugachia (a police district) superintendent of police Anand Kumar Singh said the local cops co-operated with the Chandigarh police team in the rescue act. Rajesh Kumar, the Naugachia police station house officer, said the Chandigarh police team left with the girl after obtaining order from a local court here. But the Noida police team, probing into the murder of Babloo, is still camping here.
The Noida youth having a jewellery shop was abducted on August 20. He was murdered on August 28. The prime accused in the case, Jitender Singh of Kaluchak, allegedly killed Babloo and threw his body into the Ganga from Abhiya Ghat at Gopalpur. He is still at large.
Chandan, the brother-in-law of Jitender, has been detained. Raids are on to arrest Jitender. Before Babloo, Pritam fell prey to criminals here. A meritorious student from Assam, he was going to New Delhi to take PhD enrolment exam by Awadh Assam Express.
Some criminals snatched his laptop bag and alighted from the train as it rolled into Naugachia station on July 9.
Pritam tried to chase them, but in vain. Later, he disappeared. His body was recovered on July 15.
The Government Railway Police and Naugachia cops are to yet take the case to its logical end.