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Missing girl family draws flak

Patna, March 21: The state government today said in the Assembly that the family members of Nova alias Navruna (13), “missing” from her Muzaffarpur home since the last six months, had not been cooperating with the investigation in the case.

“Police recovered a skeleton on November 6, 2012, near Navruna’s home on Jawahar Lal road. The skeleton’s examinations suggested that the body belonged to a girl of 13 to 14 years old following which the investigating team procured the judicial order to collect samples of the missing girl’s father who was the complainant in the case,” water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said.

He added: “The complainant has simply refused to give the blood samples despite the court’s order.”

The issue had earlier been raised by the Leader of Opposition, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, alleging that the police were dilly-dallying with the investigation. Replying to Siddiqui, Choudhary said: “The process of speedy trial and scientific investigation tools have brought accolades to Bihar from all across the country and the world. There are a few states matching Bihar in terms of investigation and speedy trials against criminals.”

Replying to another question, excise minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said 54 people had died after consuming hooch between October last year and January this year and 46,567 litres illicit home-made and 4,916 litres of Indian made foreign liquor were seized.