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Councillor authorised digging of killer ditch

delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2009 00:06 IST
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It was the brainwave of first-time councillor N Raja, of Shakurpur in Rohini Zone, to dig a ditch almost seven-feet deep on a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land.

This ditch, dug up to bury some debris, later became the graveyard of two minor boys.

Finding the bodies

The police said the bodies of Mohammed Arshad (4) and Mohammed Armaan (8), both residents of E-1 DDA Market, Shakurpur, were found floating in a seven-feet deep ditch on Tuesday morning.

Raja (8), the elder brother of Arshad, found the bodies while he was playing gilly-danda near the ditch.

“His gilly fell near the ditch. When he went to get it, he saw the bodies around 8:30 this morning,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

The families of the victims have alleged that the police did nothing in the case.

“The police are trying to downplay the matter. On November 26 we had searched the pit thoroughly after my elder son Chand (13) found Arshad’s slipper near the ditch,” alleged Mohammad Ismail, Arshad’s father.

“Our children were killed first and then their bodies dumped in the ditch.”

Police said the families of the boys contacted them on the evening of November 25.

A case of kidnapping was registered and information about the missing boys was also posted on ZIPNET (Zonal Integrated Police Network).

Arshad’s father is a cycle rickshaw-puller while Armaan’s father Mohammed Alim works at a local garage.

The police have added a case of negligence against unknown people to the case of kidnapping already registered at the Saraswati Vihar Police Station. The bodies have been sent to Babu Jag Jivan Ram Hospital.

MCD’s take

Mayor Kanwar Sain said the order to dig was unofficially given by the area councillor to the Horticulture Department.

“We have found that Raja ordered a ditch to be dug so that all the waste lying there could be dumped in it. The ditch was dug around 12-days back,” the Mayor said.

“A pipeline passing through it burst while digging and the work was stopped. No permission was taken from the Engineering Department.”

MCD officials said they are not authorised to undertake any work on DDA land without permission. The Mayor has sought reports from the Deputy Commissioner of Rohini Zone and the Director (Horticulture) by Thursday.

Mehra has also directed all officers to take due precautions while carrying out digging work.