The Noida Police — known to mishandle cases involving women —is now facing allegations of illegally detaining an eight months old pregnant woman in a case of looting.
While the police claim to have arrested Lata, wife of prime suspect Neetu Gujjar, on Saturday, it’s refusing to reveal where she is being kept.
Lata suffered an anxiety attack and complained of pain in the abdomen after being taken away by the police, who had to shift her to a district hospital.When the hospital discharged Lata on Sunday afternoon, the police took her to an undisclosed destination to "keep an eye" on her. They moved Lata out using the hospital’s rear gate, raising further suspicion.
Gujjar is wanted for the looting of Rs 12.57 lakh from a petrol pump cashier in Greater Noida.
Lata’s family alleged she was picked up on Friday. “She had been in severe pain, but the police showed no mercy. How can you detain a pregnant woman?” asked Sushil, her brother.
The Noida Police claimed Lata is involved in the looting. “She has been in touch with her husband. She was arrested on Saturday but we immediately released her on bail, seeing her critical condition,” said Praveen Kumar, senior superintendent of police.
“She complained of pain, so we took her to hospital. Doctors discharged her, but she is under our observation as we are close to cracking the case,” he said.