Scores of parents wanting to know if their missing children were among the dead on Friday milled outside D-5 in Noida’s Sector 31, the house outside which bags containing skulls and bones of small children were found.
As excavators were pressed in to scour a drain outside D-5 where police found the skeletons of children allegedly killed by Satish alias Surender who worked as a domestic help in the house, parents of missing children gathered there braced for the bad news.
Ram Kishan, father of 3-1/2-year-old Harsh missing for nearly a year, was among the crowd. "My son was out playing on this very road when he disappeared. I am scared for him now," he said.
The police said Satish had confessed to having killed six children after abusing them. They also said 10 children were missing from the same area in the last one year.
Another woman, in tears, said her daughter went missing from the area three months ago. Inconsolable, she could barely talk, not giving her name or her daughter's. And when asked how old was her daughter, she could barely manage, “she was small.”
Sunil, father of a 10-year-old girl missing since April this year, said she was last seen near the address in question.
He complained the police took his complaint casually, not registering an FIR and telling him that his daughter will come back on her own.
“My son is not dead. I know that,” said Shashi Kumari, who came to Noida from nearby Kalyanpuri. Her 17-year-old son, Vikas, has been missing for over two months.
“I do not know why I came where. I have been looking for my son for months. I hope he is not among the dead.”
Family members of missing relatives also came to the place looking for them. Laxmi came from Ghaziabad looking for her husband, missing for five months.