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Can Noida Police be trusted?

Keeping in view Arushi Talwar's murder case , past cases prove just why Noida Police cannot be trusted with any investigation, reports Kapil Dutta.

india Updated: May 24, 2008 02:42 IST
Kapil Datta

Noida police keeps shocking us with their investigative skills making one wonder whether they had been taught the very basics of policing. Past cases prove just why they cannot be trusted with any investigation.

If overlooking the domestic help Hemraj's decaying body lying on the rooftop for more than a day wasn’t enough, it didn't strike them that the Talwar household's garage also needed to be checked for clues.

Earlier too, Noida cops have floundered on more than one occasion. The kidnapping of former Adobe CEO, Naresh Gupta’s 3-year-old son, Anant, brought to the fore the investigative skills of the Noida Police. Anant was kidnapped by the two men on a motorcycle while on way to school. After five days, Anant mysteriously returned to his sector 15 A residence all alone in an autorickshaw.

The police immediately declared that they had rescued him but had no answers to who was behind the kidnapping, from where was Anant rescued from, why had he been kidnapped, what were the demands put up by the abductors.

Within hours of Anant’s return Noida Police’s story started falling apart. The driver of the autorickshaw in which the boy reached home said the abductors had handed over the boy to him at Sarita Vihar.

More embarrassment followed when when it was revealed that his father had paid a ransom of Rs 50 lakhs for his safe release. The money was also recovered. The Noida Police were left with no place to hide.

The Noida Police faced widespread criticism for their mishandling of the Nithari serial killings case - the most gruesome and chilling incident in recent times.

On December 29, 2006, skeletons, bones, skulls, human flesh started to emerge out of the drain behind businessman, Moninder Singh Pandher’s D 5 residence in sector 31, Noida. For over the next 20 days, human remains kept on emerging from in and around the house.

It was soon revealed that the dozens of children who had gone missing from Nithari over the last one-and-a-half years had infact murdered, sexually abused, their bodies cut in pieces, put in polythene bags and dumped into the drain

Over 700 skeletal remains were recovered from Nithari.

As investigations progressed it was revealed that Nithari residents had filed several complaints with police over the last one-and-a-half years but the police refused to take action as they had been paid by the accused.

The local police had simply refused to register a single case despite the fact that children were going missing at regular intervals for nearly two years. Moreover, it was revealed later that cops had threatened people who “dared” to complain against Pandher and his servant, Surender Koli.