The macabre rape and serial killings of children in Nithari village near New Delhi have found their echo in the virtual world too, with several blog sites getting flooded with angry reactions from netizens.
Furious bloggers have swamped the blog portals, hitting hard at the authorities and the police in particular over their lethargy and callousness vis-a-vis the shocking orgy.
"The Nithari killings leave me dazed, not that one is unaccustomed to macabre killings. It was a failure of the law and order machinery, coupled with state's indifference. The police turned a blind eye to the case of the missing children of Nithari for over a period of two years. Why?" asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy at the blog portal of rediff.com.
The agitated bloggers have come down heavily on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and also on his minister brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, who audaciously described the mind-boggling crime as "small and routine".
"The chief minister would be too busy to visit Nithari since the incident as described by his brother is 'small and routine'. He takes time off his busy schedule to attend a marriage in New Delhi. Nithari village is only 20 km away from New Delhi," said Muthu Soundarajan on Sulekha.com, another blogsite.
Another blogger on Sulekha.com, NK Sagar, said the irresponsible remark by the chief minister's emissary brother had done more damage.
Surprisingly, some bloggers also criticised the parents of the victims for being careless about their children.
"It is right to call the state government and police responsible but how about parents of the children? How could they not have been concerned for the children's safety? The killers did not kidnap the children from their homes or schools. The kids used to play around the place and the servant lured all into the bungalow," wrote one on the NDTV blog site.
The blog users also condemned media for not raising the voices of the deprived parents.
"The media has come into the picture only after the skeletons and remains of the missing were discovered. All the while the media could not divert its attention from the fight for justice campaigns relating to Priyadarshini Mattoo and Jessica Lal. Why?" questioned Rattan Datta, also on NDTV.
Businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic aide Surendra Koli have been arrested on charges of murdering some 40 kids from poor families, occasionally after sexually assaulting them, and callously disposing off their body parts in nearby drains.
Moninder Singh lived in a palatial bungalow close to Nithari village, a virtual shanty. Both are located in Noida, a commercial-cum-residential district adjoining New Delhi.