SIX days after a Class X student told the police that she sighted five suspicious men dressed in black pathani suits with backpacks wandering in Borinaka in Uran, the Navi Mumbai Police have called off search operations after the student changed her statement.
According to sources, the girl has told the police that she may have mistaken them as ‘terrorists’. However, police sources said that it was not just the girl’s statement that prompted them to call off the search. The probe conducted by the Navi Mumbai Police also indicated that the information provided by the student was incorrect, officers said.
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“Other than the girl, a Class IX boy spotted two of the terrorists. We have recorded statements of other villagers, who have told us that they haven’t spotted any suspicious men. We also went through all the CCTV footage of the nearby area where the two children ‘spotted’ the terrorists, but nothing has been found. After this, we have decided to stop the search operations,” said a senior officer privy to the case details. However, intensive patrolling both during the day and night by the local police continues. Even thought the information was wrong, senior police officers told The Indian Express that they won’t take any action against the students.
“We need people to come forward and share information. If we take action against the students then people won’t come forward and share information with us. To counter terror, we require active participation from people and therefore we have decided not to take action against them,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, police protection has been extended to the two students. “Two constables have been provided to the students round the clock. This was after the family complained that they were being harassed,” another official said.