Even as families of the two cousins receive high profile visitors who promise them speedy action, many in Katra Sadatganj village flash documents of cases pertaining to missing or murdered family members and complain of police inaction. Several of these people travel everyday from neighbouring villages of Badaun district, hoping to get the attention of VIP visitors.
A resident of Poothi village says his 16-year-old daughter was allegedly abducted by two Yadav men from their home when he was out with his wife in the fields on April 29. Their 12-year-old son told him that the men entered the house, threatened him with pistols and lathis, and abducted the girl. “I heard my children’s scream and ran towards home, but by the time I reached, they had fled,” he says. He claims that the police refused to register a complaint, despite the family’s repeated requests. The family has sent letters to various authorities. Badaun SSP Atul Saxena says that he would enquire about the case.
Vidyawati Devi, 63, tries to meet politicians. Her 17-year-old son has been missing since January 10 after he went to the house of his Yadav “friends”. Saxena says an FIR has been registered, but the police have not been able to locate the accused. “It appears that the group was gambling. They are all absconding. We have seized their property till we find them,” Saxena says. Vidyawati alleges that she had repeatedly gone to the house of the accused till January 12 and they had threatened her. “The police refused to register a case for two days. The three boys said that they had killed my son because he took Rs. 40,000 from them. They said that they had dumped his body at a place where no one will be able to locate it,” she says, tears rolling down her cheek.
A rickshawpuller from the same village claims that four years ago his wife was murdered inside his house while he was away at work and only his blind mother was present. He has met the Circle Officer during Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s visit and alleged that his complaint was not registered.
Another family runs after police officials who visit Badaun with the copy of an FIR and newspaper clippings stating that their 26-year-old daughter was burnt by her in-laws for dowry. A case has been registered.
The mother alleges that the accused are absconding and the police refuse to meet the family when they try to follow up the case. “I lost my daughter and now the justice system is failing me,” she cries.