Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district appears to have become a easy dumping ground of bodies for criminals in Uttar Pradesh.
Disfigured bodies of at least 15 men and women allegedly murdered in Allahabad, Chitrakoot and Mirzapur districts of UP were found in Rewa district over the last 16 months. The bodies were mostly found in Semaria, Garh, Janeh, Hanumana and most recently in Sohagi, Mauganj and Panwar police station areas.
The victims, aged 25 to 35, could not be identified as their faces were deliberately disfigured to avoid identification.
A man’s body was found hanging from a tree in the Khaja forests of Rewa’s Panwar area (on the border of Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district) on March 8, and another man, whose face was disfigured, was found dumped in Mauganj area, on the border of Mirzapur district of East UP, on April 10.
Another man whose face was badly burnt was found in a gorge near the Sohagi hillock close to the Allahabad district on April 9.
Two more bodies were found by Rewa police in Sohagi area in February and May last year. While one of the bodies was found in the Tamsa river, the other was in a gorge near the Skandmata temple, sources at Sohagi police station said.
In Rewa’s Garh police station area, bodies of three women were found last year. One of the murdered women was found attired in bridal wear, but her face was burned to conceal her identity.
Primary investigation suggested that all three women were murdered in UP’s Allahabad district and then dumped in Rewa. However, the cases have remained unsolved due to the police’s inability to identify the victims.
“We’ve put the posters of bodies in our police stations as well as all adjoining police stations of UP, but still success eludes us,” said Rewa police superintendent Sanjay Kumar, adding that police station in-charges in Rewa and neighbouring UP districts have been holding regular meetings but still nothing concrete has been achieved in these cases.
Just a fortnight ago, district police chiefs of border districts of UP and MP, including Siddhi, Singrauli and Rewa (all in MP) and Mirzapur and Sonbhadra (UP) met.
The meeting, which was also attended by the inspector general D Sriniwas Verma (Rewa) and SK Bhagat (Varanasi), prominently discussed among other issues the unsolved blind murders.
“It was decided at the meeting to install our wireless sets in police stations of UP and their wireless sets in our police stations to ensure immediate action in case of anyone being found murdered in either of the territories,” the SP Rewa said.
A man’s body was found hanging from a tree in Khaja forests of Rewa’s Panwar area on March 8
Another man, whose face was disfigured, was dumped in Mauganj area, on April 10.
A burnt body was found in a gorge near Sohagi hillock close to Allahabad district on April 9
Two more bodies were found by Rewa police in Sohagi area in February and May last year.