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4 held for setting girl on fire

india Updated: Mar 26, 2009 01:08 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Police on Wednseday claimed to have arrested four persons accused in the murder of 15-year-old Imrana Hakim, in Tauri village of Ghaziabad. Hakim was reportedly set afire by the four accused when she was home alone with her 12-year-old sister on Monday.

Munshad Ali, Mohammed Hashim, Mohammed Arif and Jalees Ahmed would be charged under the National Security Act (NSA) and the Gangster Act, said the police.

Hakim, who died on Monday evening, had named the four men in her dying statement before the officials. Hakim's family has also alleged that the four men entered their house forcibly and made a failed attempt to rape their daughter and burnt her alive by pouring kerosene on her.

According to the family, the four arrested are relatives of influential people in the area. While Hakim's family is gearing up for a hard court-battle, people from other villages have also come out in their support.

“This is a conspiracy as they have surrendered themselves and not arrested by the police. They are relatives of former village head Shahzaad Ali. They offered us money to withdraw our case. My family is scared of them,” said Ibrahim Saifi,
Hakim's elder brother. Saifi said four men had tried to dishonour his sister forcibly. “Unsuccessful, they burnt her alive.

Police acted with laxity as they collected evidences only on Tuesday evening. They have not registered a case for attempt of rape so far,” he said.

SSP Akhil Kumar said: “We would also ensure that the case is undertaken by a fast-track court for speedy justice.”

Kumar said the police would also consider provisions under the Indian Penal Code if the family approached them. The SSP said he was informed of the incident several hours late on Monday. “I have ordered an inquiry through the SP (Rural). I will take strict action against the delay in communication,” he said.