THE police have been accused of inaction, that allegedly led to the mysterious death of a minor girl, whose body was found hanging from a tree near her home in Bhaderwah town of Doda district Friday. On Monday, nearly 500 women blocked the road near Domail, on the outskirts of Bhaderwah, for nearly two hours and later marched to the local police station demanding arrest of the accused.
The town had observed shutdown on Saturday on a bandh call by Sanatan Dharam Sabha, whose activists along with members of UMEED, an NGO, held demonstrations at the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM). The deceased, who was in Class XII, was associated with UMEED to supplement the family’s income.
SDM Mohammad Anwar Bandey has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Bhaderwah’s Additional SP, and the police have taken three people into custody for questioning. This, however, has failed to satisfy the protestors, who have called for action against some policemen also for not acting on time.
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The police identified the three people in custody as Rukhsana, who worked with the deceased as a member of UMEED, Nasir, who reportedly was a friend of the victim, and one Babu Gujjar. Nasir reportedly was the last person to call up the girl before her body was found by her family Friday morning. Her parents have accused Nasir of abducting and killing her. The police said nothing can be said, and investigation is in progress.
After piecing together the sequence of events gathered from the statement of the girl’s parents and preliminary questioning of those detained, Bhaderwah’s SHO Jitender Samyal said that the girl left home, in Rounta village on the outskirts of the town, in a fit of rage on Wednesday evening after she was rebuked by her mother and sister, as they had seen her talking to Nasir earlier during the day. She left her mobile phone at home. She subsequently met Rukhsana, who lives in the neighbourhood, and used her cellphone to call home, Samyal said.
Thereafter, she reportedly gave a missed call to Nasir and called her mother a second time. According to Samyal, Nasir told them that the girl had asked him to go into hiding as her mother had seen them together, but he apparently advised her to return home. Rukhsana’s cellphone has been recovered from the body, the police said.
The SHO said the victim’s mother told police on that they suspected Nasir had abducted her. While the police got Nasir from from his home, the parents refused to file a written complaint to enable the police to register a case of abduction since the girl was a minor. The parents said they will file a complaint the following morning, according to SHO Samyal.