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HC rap on cops in kidnap case

Calcutta, Aug. 6: A Calcutta High Court judge today said police knew where those accused in the abduction of a minor girl were “but won’t arrest them”.

Justice Nadira Patherya directed the police to “find out” the girl in 15 days.

The observation by Justice Patherya comes a couple of days after she said “a section of police is involved” in the racket of trafficking girls.

Patherya made today’s observation while hearing a petition filed by trader Uttam Kundu, a Nadia resident whose 17-year-old daughter has been missing since October 3 last year. Kundu had moved the petition in July alleging that his daughter’s classmate, Saheb Ali, and nine others had kidnapped her.

“The police had arrested all the FIR-named accused except Saheb…. But they were given bail by a Nadia court. Although the police knew Saheb’s whereabouts, they did not arrest him,” Kundu had mentioned in the petition.

At the hearing today, public prosecutor Suman Sengupta placed a police report sought by the court.

The judge said: “The police should be able to read the pulse of the common people. The police know where the accused are but won’t arrest them.”

Sengupta replied: “In several cases, it has been seen that girls run away and return after marrying.”

Justice Patherya said: “That may be true. But why wouldn’t the police carry out the duties? Why can’t they arrest the accused and rescue the girl?”