Relatives OF children missing from Ghaziabad on Thursday alleged the police had asked them to submit signed statements, saying the police action in the cases was satisfactory and that they were taking every possible step to trace the kids.
The parents of several missing children were called to the Vijay Nagar police station in Ghaziabad on Wednesday evening and allegedly asked to file the statements.
The immediate provocation of the police action is said to be a high-level meeting convened by UP Chief Minister Mayawati to review the law and order and insufficient police action in such cases.
Suresh, a resident of Chiranjeev Colony at Vijay Nagar, was one of those who were asked to submit such a statement. His child, Bobby (13), is missing since May 6. Suresh said that no one from the police department had contacted him to date.
Javed, also a resident of Vijay Nagar - whose child Nasir (12) has been missing since April 27 - was another. He was asked to file a statement favouring the police. The same tale was narrated by Charansingh colony resident Zakir, father of another missing child, Salman (12). Then there was Suresh Chand, whose child Ganesh (12) is missing.
These family members were made to stay till 1 in the night at the police station. When some mediapersons reached the spot, CO C.P. Singh said it was just a formality and these people need not write such thing. Later, the people submitted just missing persons' complaints. The officer on duty allegedly behaved rudely with the parents of the missing kids when they were filing the missing complaints. The mediapersons were also abused indirectly.
On Thursday morning, the families took out a procession in front of the SSP's office and demanded action against the erring police officials. They also demanded prompt action to locate their missing children.
SSP Deepak Ratan said: "I will inquire into the incident at Vijay Nagar police station." He said since 128 missing cases were lodged this year in Ghaziabad of which 98 were found.