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UP: 4-yr-old kid brutally raped, mutilated and killed in Lucknow

Rohit. K. Singh, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 11, 2013
First Published: 12:01 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 14:33 IST(11/7/2013)

The posh Gomti Nagar area , where most of the senior bureaucrats and politicians reside, is turning out to be the most crime-infested. Monday’s barbaric rape and murder of a four year-old girl has yet again highlighted local residents’ vulnerability to crime and criminals.

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The back-to-back sensational crimes in the area have instilled fear and insecurity among the residents.

“What is the reason behind Gomtinagar being crime-prone area?” questioned Deependra Singh, a resident of Vivek Khand in Gomti Nagar.

He himself answered, “This is all due to police negligence in taking the matter seriously and their habit of concealing crime rather than detecting it and nailing criminals”.

He said the local police seemed to be inefficient and incompetent in cracking cases and nailing culprits in time.


ABSENCE OF NIGHT PATROL

Deependra said, “It does not take much to imagine the state of night patrol and cops’ alertness, as the girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered from a place barely 600 metres from Gomti Nagar police station”.

He said the girl was kidnapped while she was sleeping on the pavement alongside the main road from Mithaiwala crossing that leads towards Gomti Nagar police station.

The assailant disposed of the body at some distance and escaped without being spotted by the cops on night patrol.

“That is not all. The Gomti Nagar police, thereafter, tried to hush up the matter, claiming that stray dogs had killed the girl,” he emphasised and added, “This shows the police attitude to curb such incidents, which indirectly promotes crime and criminals”.

It is to be noted that the cops’ theory of stray dogs killing the girl fell flat after the post-mortem examination report.

The autopsy disclosed that the body bore 60 injuries, including eight major ante-mortem wounds with a sharpedged weapon.

The girl’s left kidney was badly ruptured and her private parts also had several injuries.


INEFFICIENCY IN WORKING OUT CASES

“Cops are still clueless in the sensational murder case of trader Satish Yadav. The killers are roaming freely and the police’s inability to collar them has emboldened them,” said Santosh Kumar, who owns a shop at Patrakarpuram market, while recalling a five - month old case.Yadav was shot dead near Gomti Barrage when he was returning home in Gwari village, barely one kilometre from Patrakarpuram, along with his wife after watching a late night movie on February 26.The cops initially zeroed in on a person close to the victim but failed to crack the case.


DELAY TACTICS

Delay tactics are the favourite mantra of cops. “Police nowadays usually go slow in investigation till the case fades from public memory and then coolly shelve the file.” said HP Singh, a retired deputy superintendent of police.

He said the attitude explained why the police were not able to solve the sensational murder and loot cases that rocked the city during the past one year.


FAILURE IN THE PAST

The body of nine-year-old Shaheen Bano was found in an abandoned park behind the vegetable market near Hanneman crossing in Gomti Nagar on September 11, 2007.

The post-mortem report said that she was strangled to death after rape.

At least five sub-inspectors probed the matter but all of them failed to nail the culprit.

Later, they filed the final report in the case without reaching any conclusion.

The city cops have failed to get breakthrough in another incident of rape with a five-year-old girl in Gomti Nagar in August last year.

The girl was raped after she was kidnapped from outside a slum near Juggaur locality and later left abandoned alongside the railway track a few metres from her house.

Cops initially apprehended a person familiar to the girl but no arrest has been made so far.


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