“I don't send my daughter to school anymore. I lost one and I cannot afford to lose another,” said Rupa in a choked voice. Rupa’s elder daughter Pushpa went missing seven months back.
Ten-year-old Pushpa was last seen when her parents were leaving their one-room house at Nithari village for work.
Tears well up in the eyes of Rupa's husband Sunil Biswas when he recounts the memories of Pushpa. He fears one of the skeletons found behind a bungalow near his house, may be his daughter's.
Sunil works as a rickshaw puller and his wife Rupa is a domestic help at Sector-29 in Noida. “When I returned to have lunch at around 1 pm on the fateful day I failed to find my daughter at home," said Sunil Biswas.
Sunil and his wife enquired about their daughter from the neighbours who told them she was last seen around Bungalow Number D-5, the place from where the skeletons were dug up on Friday morning.
“When we went to the police, they did not give us an ear and asked us to get lost. They just registered a missing complaint and left the matter. They used to tell us that the policeman investigating our case has been transferred,” Sunil added.
: Twenty-four-year-old Mukesh could never have imagined that his profession could prove fatal for his daughter. Satish had hired him to sweep the floor outside the D-5 bungalow in Sector-29. His daughter Payal went missing on June 4, 2005.
“On the fateful day I had taken Payal to the house at her insistence. I asked her to sit on the pavement, while I was busy," Mukesh Kumar said.
Later when Mukesh went to fetch his daughter he could not find her anywhere. Satish told him his daughter had left for home on a rickshaw 10 minutes back.
“I know that he must have killed my daughter," Mukesh said. The police were of little help. “I earn a meagre Rs 2000. I cannot make the rounds of police stations every day. I don't have that kind of resources."
“I had told police that I had doubts about Satish, but they did not believe me," Mukesh said. After the incident, Mukesh moved to Sector-37 at Noida.