The brutal murder of three youngsters in full public view last week has angered residents of the city. Students, political leaders and the common man took to the streets, raising their voices for the immediate arrest of all the accused and to book them under national Security Act (NSA).
On the night of May 23, a BSP leader and his aides allegedly kidnapped Punit, Sunil and Sudhir from the Victoria park swimming pool and took them to the densely populated Gudri Bazar locality. The trio were then thrashed and left there to die, after their throats were slit. After that, their bodies were reported placed in a Maruti Esteem car and dumped near Baleni village in Baghpat district.
Sunil and Sudhir were students, while Punit was working as a railway contractor. They were reportedly close to an army officer’s daughter. The BSP leader, Ejlal, developed a passion for the same girl and reportedly decided to eliminate his rivals.
Activists and leaders of the Meerut Bachao Morchacalled for a Bandh on Thursday to protest the brutal act of the BSP leader and his aides. The parental body of traders, Sanyukt Vyapar Sangh, has extended its support to the bandh.
“No one has made such a big mockery of law and order earlier. They killed three innocent youngsters like animals in a public place and many accused are still at large,” said Bijendra Aggarwal, president of the association expressing his dismay over the delay in the arrests. “All shops, petrol pumps, gas agencies and other organisations would be closed during bandh,” he declared. Referring to it as the height of brutality, BJP MLA Satyaprakash Aggarwal accused the police officials of succumbing to pressure from the ruling BSP party.