Rape rage on road - Body of missing girl found, villagers raid police station
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- Published 11.11.13
|Bidupur police escort an accused in Vaishali district on Sunday. Telegraph picture|
A minor girl who went missing on Thursday was raped and killed at Khajpura village under the jurisdiction of Bidupur police station in Vaishali district.
The 11-year-old’s body was recovered from a deserted place on the outskirts of Khajpura village — around 35km northeast of Patna — around 8pm on Saturday. She had gone missing from her house at Khajwatti. The body was sent to Hajipur sadar hospital where post-mortem confirmed rape. She had been stabbed to death.
Furious over the third such incident in two months, residents blocked the Hajipur-Mahnar road and laid siege to the police station for about six hours. They turned violent when the police tried to break the blockade around 11.30am.
Protesters later pelted stones at the police station, injuring at least three policemen in the head. Hajipur sadar sub-divisional officer Chandra Shekhar Singh and sub-divisional police officer Pankaj Rawat rushed to the spot with reinforcements from the Hajipur district headquarters. As the mob did not budge, the police had to burst tear gas shells. The crisis came to an end after senior police officers and district magistrate Jitendra Srivastava intervened and announced a police picket at the village and adequate compensation for the deceased girl’s kin.
Vaishali superintendent of police Suresh Prasad Choudhary, said: “The police burst teargas shells to disperse the mob that indulged in stone-pelting and arson at the police station.” He said the situation was now under control.
Hajipur sadar sub-divisional officer Chandra Shekhar Singh said the district magistrate promised Rs 5 lakh in compensation to the girl’s family. Another Rs 5,000 was provided for her last rites.
Five policemen headed by a sub-inspector would picket the village. Residents had been demanding the picket ever since some influential persons allegedly harassed two girls sexually. Two teenaged girls were gang-raped about two months ago. A third one managed to give perpetrators the slip. Though an accused was named in the FIR, the police are yet to make a headway.
About Saturday’s incident, superintendent of police Choudhary said one person has been arrested and raids were on to apprehend the others. “The police picket would start functioning in the next couple of days,” he told The Telegraph by phone from Hajipur.
The girl’s father, a farm labourer, informed Bidu police about his missing daughter on Friday, a day after she went missing. But, he said: “The officials didn’t take any interest. They said the incident was the fallout of a love affair. Hum garib log hain. Hamari kaun sunega (We are poor. Who cares for us?),” he said.