Urban development minister Azam Khan on Sunday said that the police were "apparently helping" the kidnapper of a minor girl.
"It appeared a sub-inspector is helping the accused. I have directed senior police officers to look into the matter and recover the girl and arrest the accused," he said.
The minister reached the house of a villager, Yaqoob, at Bhatta in Greater Noida and met him. Yaqoob's daughter has been missing since February 18 and is suspected to have been kidnapped by a resident of Bihar who is a contractor's worker in the village. The accused had been allegedly threatening the family to face consequences if they opened their mouth.
After ten minutes of meeting the minister came out and said, "Yaqoob had come to my native place Rampur recently but I was not at home. He was upset as his daughter was traceable but the police were not helping him properly. Today I came to meet him and redress his problem."
Yaqoob said marriages of his two daughters were fixed for March 4. One of the daughters went missing on February 18. "My mother died of shock. We lodged a missing person report. Later we got information that a local contractor's worker has taken her away forcibly. A day before, the accused called me and threatened me with dire consequences if I opened my mouth," he said.