A minor’s body was found from the septic tank of an under-construction building at Isha Nagar locality near Phulwarisharif on Sunday morning triggering a mob fury.
Residents of the area also laid siege to the Phulwarisharif police station and clashed with the cops after the semi-nude body of the minor was recovered. The girl had gone missing from her house on Saturday evening.
According to the victim’s grandfather, the girl’s family members had reported the matter at Phulwarisharif police station soon after the incident (around 8.30pm) but the station house officer (SHO), Munilal, didn’t bother to visit the spot. “We had disclosed the names of the suspects to the police. They had sought the photograph of the girl but didn’t initiate action against the suspects, who were residents of the area,” the victim’s grandfather alleged.
A number of people also blocked the road leading to AIIMS-Patna. They disrupted traffic by burning tyres and pelted stones at police vehicles. Officials, including sadar deputy superintendent of police Imtiyaz Ahmad and Munilal, were roughed up by the protesters, who demanded immediate suspension of the SHO for his alleged laxity.
On getting information, Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj and city superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant rushed to the spot.
Personnel of the Rapid Action Force were requisitioned from the district headquarters to bring the situation under control. Additional forces from adjoining police stations like Khagaul, Danapur, Gardanibagh and Airport police stations were also called in.
The protesters, who had swelled to over 1,000 in number, were not in a mood to relent. The SSP promised to recommend suspension of the SHO and initiate departmental proceedings against him. By that time, the mob had thrashed the two suspects Mohammad Kamal and Mohammad Mintu. While Mintu is a driver by profession, Kamal is engaged in repair of vehicle seat covers. The two were spotted near the building late on Saturday night.
The SSP admitted that unlawful activities like gambling were going with the tacit support of the local police station. “I had asked the SHO concerned to conduct raids on illegal gambling centres but no action was taken, proving his closeness with the criminals,” Maharaaj said.
Liquor bottles and playing cards were recovered from the spot where the victim’s body was found.