Allegations of coercing witnesses, extracting a forced confession and overlooking evidence — the probe by Gurgaon Police into a Class II student’s murder has come under scrutiny since the CBI took over the case.
Over the last two years, the stepwell was filled up and a garden built over it. On Thursday, however, many of these were uprooted after the Department of Archaeology took possession of the land following the involvement of the High Court.
According to officials from the department, the stepwell could be 800 years old. Located on the Badshahpur-Dhumaspur road next to a private school, officials say, the stepwell is “almost five-storey high” and is composed of “over 100 pillars”.
Dimly lit streets, lack of CCTV coverage and a police force low on personnel — the alleged rapes of three women in Gurgaon and Faridabad have once again highlighted the challenges before the police and administration. The Indian Express visits the three crime spots to assess what remains to be done
In the 37-second-long video, students in front can be seen taking cover on the ground as the first stone hits the windshield. Others follow suit as the protestors attack the double glass windows with rods and sticks.
Caught unawares, a teacher and a student are seen to barely escape injury, ducking only a fraction of a second before the rod by a protester shatters the window they had been looking out of, and shards of glass fill the air.
Those inside the school bus at the time of the incident said the protesters were initially dispersed by police but they appeared to regroup and return with stones and bricks, which they used to attack police personnel, a PCR van and the bus.
Shot by a passenger on the bus, the video captures just 13 seconds of the four-minute ordeal that students — the youngest was aged four — teachers and school staff went through as the bus drove past a mob that had just torched a Haryana Roadways bus.
Structures of historical importance, that are privately owned, and are more than 100 years old, will also be taken over as part of this arrangement, after giving the owners due compensation — based on the collector rate of the area.
The two underpasses are part of traffic improvement work that had been undertaken at three major junctions — Signature Tower, IFFCO Chowk, and Rajiv Chowk — in the wake of major traffic jams in July 2016.