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Missing girl case: Kandhamal SP summoned by Delhi High Court

Four girls,aged between 14 and 18,had been trafficked to Delhi from Orissa by a placement agency.

The Delhi High court Wednesday issued orders for the Superintendent of Police of Orissa’s Kandhamal District to appear in person and explain why a girl,who had gone missing in 2010 after being brought to Delhi by a placement agency,has not been traced till date.

“We are not interested in your status reports and affidavits,show us the results,” said the Bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana an Justice Manmohan. The SP has been asked to appear and answer the court if the girl is not traced by the next date of hearing,January 29.

Four girls,aged between 14 and 18,had been trafficked to Delhi from Orissa by a placement agency. Three,who were eventually rescued,were found to have been physically and sexually abused. The parents of the fourth girl had filed a habeas corpus plea in the Delhi High Court alleging that the Delhi and Orissa Police failed to trace the child. On Wednesday,the Orissa government’s advocate informed the court the police forces of the two states were “coordinating fully” and several raids had been conducted to trace the girl. The court,however,expressed its disappointment,and when it was told that some of the accused were yet to be traced,said,“We are not satisfied with the way inquiry is taking place.”

Advocate SS Mishra for the Orissa government told the court the IO had conducted raids in September and “engaged spies” to trace the main accused,a woman named Pushpanjali,who has also been named in other cases and is currently absconding. The court brushed aside the argument and said reports of search parties and inquiries “could be written up by the head constable while relaxing in the evening.”