That the police bumbled investigations into the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Palsora resident in December 2013 from the very beginning was evident from the statements of two cops recorded by a local court on Friday. During their crossexamination in court police inspector Gurmukh Singh and subinspector Baldev Kumar admitted the home of the prime accused in the case, Sunita alias Billy, 30, was never searched during the investigations.
Even though Sunita is suspected to be the mastermind behind the abduction of the class 6 student, reportedly due to a dispute with her family, the police officials said no recovery was made from her.
Even when the autorickshaw used to kidnap the victim was registered in the name of Sunita’s husband, Chandresh Giri, the police did not list him as a witness in the case. The police said they had taken Giri’s disclosure statement admitting the auto did belong to him but he did not know who the driver was.
Despite the fact that the name of a suspect, Machi, who was reportedly driving the autorickshaw, has been figuring in most of their statements, the two police officers admitted in court today they were in the dark about his whereabouts and were still searching for him.
The police had booked Sunita and Bhagat Singh alias Manga, 25, both residents of Palsora, along with two drug addicts, a juvenile from Faizabad and Rajkumar alias Raja, 20, a resident of Ram Darbar. The case had made headlines in December 2013 when the girl’s body was found in a gunny sack near Palsora on December 1.According to the police, she had been kidnapped in Sector 56, Palsora, on November 27 by Rajkumar and the juvenile.
The police claimed the two had kept the minor in the forested area near Sector 52 for at least three days and sexually abused her before killing her on November 29 night and packing her body in a gunny bag. The recovery of the body had led to protests against the police inaction in the city. The girl’s family members even refused to cremate her body.