CCTVs, installed at platform number 6 of Bhopal Railway Station, could have played an important role in the investigation of the rape case.
According to sources, most of the cameras at platform no 6 are non-functional and some cameras, which are working, could not record anything because of lower vision quality.
The victim was sleeping with her mother near platform no 6 when she was abducted by the accused. The accused raped her and dumped her near Pul Patra in Barkhedi, 350 metres from the railway station, in a pool of blood. Even after two days, the police are clueless about the accused.
“This is a serious issue because it’s a matter of security of people. Police could not find the accused — who could have been easily detected with the help of cameras. There is no use of such technological advancement. Action should be taken against the person responsible for maintenance,” said Sarika Sinha, in-charge of One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) for survivors of violence, Gauravi.
Government Railway Police (GRP) Hemant Shrivastava said, “The cameras are not working because of some renovation work at the platform.”
Around 50 police personnel, including six officers, are probing the matter. GRP have also announced a reward of 25,000 for giving information related to the accused.
On Wednesday, four police personnel including two sub-inspectors of Jehangirabad police station and Aishbagh police station were suspended for dilly-dallying in registering the case.
On Thursday, women and child development minister Archana Chitnis and minister of state for gas relief and cooperatives Vishwas Sarang announced a relief of `20,000 each for the victim.
The victim’s parents belong to Uttar Pradesh and had come to Bhopal 15 days ago. They have been living on the platform or on footpaths near platform no 6.
AAP spokesperson Neha Bagga and a member of Gaurvi met the girl and her parents on Thursday.
She said, “The girl and her parents are so traumatised and the BJP-led MP government ministers are busy in publicity gimmicks. Two ministers have announced monetary help but the father of the victim was asked to open a bank account to get the money.”
“The father said he can’t go to the bank and leave her daughter in trauma. What are the ministers doing? If they really want to help the girl’s family, they can open the account themselves,” she added.
Cong, AAP hit out at state govt
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched an attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party government following rape of three-year-old girl.
The AAP workers demanded lodging of a first information report (FIR) against woman and child development minister Archana Chitnis ‘for disclosing the identity of the victim’ after she visited the hospital.
Police officials held a meeting chaired by additional director general (ADG) of police Arun Mohan Rao to review the progress of investigation into the case.
Madhya Pradesh Mahila Congress workers led by its president Mandvi Chauhan reached the hospital in the afternoon to inquire about the health of the child.
Another group of Congress workers headed by state Congress spokesperson Deepti Singh raised the issue of several rape cases including one in Bhopal and others in Ashok Nagar and Rajgarh districts. They took out a march from no. 6 bus stop to Ambedkar statue.
Police detained some of the Congress workers who took part in the protest march and later released them.
State Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra attacked chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and alleged that while the chief minister was busy touring the world and taking selfies, girls, including minors, were being raped in Madhya Pradesh.