A week after Uttar Pradesh’s urban development minister Azam Khan accused the Greater Noida police of “apparently helping” the kidnapper of a woman, the “victim” on Sunday said she was not abducted but she had married a youth and had been staying in the groom’s family in Bihar.
Contrary to their earlier version about the woman being a minor, cops now say she is 20 years old. The Greater Noida police claimed to have rescued the woman, a resident of Bhatta village, from the house of Dharmendra at Bhagwan village in Araria district of Bihar on Thursday and brought here on Sunday on transit remand.
“She has been kept at a woman police station and will be produced in court on Monday,” said a police officer, adding, “her statement in court will determine weather she wants to stay at her parents’ home in Bhatta or will be sent to what she calls her in-laws’ place in Bihar”.
According to the police officer, the woman had told police that she had married Dharmendra.
“But when we found her, Dharmendra was not at home. His parents said he had gone out for work. The woman stayed there for two-and-a-half months and wants to go back. Today, the woman’s parents met her at the police station,” the officer added.
The minister on Sunday reached Bhatta and said, “It appears 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.”
The minister also met the woman’s father, Yaqoob. He said his daughter had been missing since February 18 and was suspected to have been kidnapped by a resident of Bihar, who was working with a contractor here. The accused had been allegedly threatening the family against lodging a complaint.
“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,” the minister had said after meeting Yaqoob.
Yaqoob said that the marriages of his two daughters were fixed for March 4. But one of his 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 kidnapped her. The accused called and threatened me,” he said.