| (From left) Gaya DM Balamurugun D, SSP Nishant Tiwary and city SP Chandan Kushwaha talk to villagers at Dumariya in Gaya on Thursday. Picture by Suman |
A mob took a team of police officers, including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), hostage for more than five hours in Saharsa on Thursday after the latter failed to recover a missing girl alive.
The residents of Kamadhan village took a police team, comprising Simri Bakhtiarpur DSP Upendra Kumar and station house officer (SHO) of Chiraiya police outpost Ashok Jha, hostage after 13-year-old Phulo Kumari was found murdered.
The officers had gone to the Kosi riverine village to investigate about the victim’s decomposed body, which residents spotted in a maize field early in the morning.
The residents blamed the police’s callousness for the murder of the girl who went missing on Monday. “Though I reported the matter to the local police outpost on Tuesday, the police didn’t take interest considering it a case of elopement,” said the girl’s father, Deep Narain Singh.
Singh said the Chiraiya police outpost SHO asked him to investigate about his daughter on his own and inform him. “Ghar jakar ladki ka pata lagao. Agar koi soochna mile to thane pad aana (Go home and search for the girl. If you get any lead, then inform the police), Singh quoted the SHO as saying.
The police officers were let off only when superintendent of police M. Sunil Naik promised to book the accused at the earliest. The body was later sent to Sadar hospital for post-mortem. “The victim’s identity could be ascertained from the clothes she was wearing,” the SP told this correspondent over phone. The SP didn’t rule out the possibility of the girl being raped before she was killed. Sniffer dogs were brought in to ascertain the killers’ identity. A team of forensic experts collected blood samples from the site of occurrence.
The SP has sought an explanation from the SHO concerned for delay in the probe.
Attack on police
Infuriated by the alleged rape and subsequent killing of a Class IX girl, villagers in Dumaria block attacked a police team on Thursday.
The team had gone to convince the villagers to lift a roadblock at Maigra in the district’s Dumaria block. Station house officer (SHO) of Dumaria Shashi Shekhar Chauhan was injured on the head. The villagers also started pelting stones on them in which at least four CoBRA jawans and some villagers also suffered minor injuries.
Gaya district magistrate (DM) Balamurugan D and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwary also visited the spot. The DM said the SHO had been transferred and the district administration had given Rs 50,000 to the kin of the girl.
The SSP said an investigation team had been formed under the supervision of Sherghati sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Ajay Kumar who would investigate the case. Gaya city SP Chandan Kushwaha would monitor the investigation, the SSP said.