IT HAS been nearly three weeks since a 18-year-old Hindu girl was allegedly kidnapped by four youths in Baghpat district. With the police failing to trace the girl, her family has now threatened to leave their native village if she is not recovered within the next two days.
“We fear attack from members of the Muslim community to which the youths belong… With time passing, tension is increasing in the area. We have told the police that if the girl is not recovered within two days, we will migrate to a safer place,” said girl’s elder brother.
He added, “It is becoming unsafe to stay here… we have come to know that the Muslim community had held a meeting two days ago, in which they have decided their next course of action… Anything could happen.”
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The girl, whose marriage was scheduled for last month, had gone missing on June 14 after she left home for some work. When she did not return, her brother got an FIR lodged at Binauli police station against four youths — Sonu, Furqan, Mohsin and Inaam — on charges of kidnapping.
When police failed to recover the girl, last week, Muslims had held a panchayat in the village, which has a mixed population of both communities. The next day, members of Hindu organisations such as Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had reached the village and held a meeting with the girl’s family. They threatened to intensify their protest if girl was not recovered soon. The same day, two accused — Mohsin and Inaam — were arrested.
The girl’s brother, who is also the complainant in the case, heads the family which include his wife, two minor children, three younger sisters and his mother. “We have told the police about our decision to migrate when we went to the SP office on Sunday to meet him,” he said.
“Police teams are posted outside our house but we are still afraid. Except for me, there is no other male member in the house,” said the brother, adding that no members of any outfit had visited his house since last week.
When contacted, Baghpat Circle Officer Karamveer Singh said police protection has been provided to the victim’s family. “Besides the police, villagers are also trying to locate the girl… The girl’s family has not spoken to us about leaving the village,” he added.