Controversial BJP legislator Sangeet Som has issued an ultimatum to the Baghpat Police saying if they failed to arrest those behind the rape and murder of a Class 9 student by January 18 he will begin a stir to seek justice.
“Over 50,000 people will block the Delhi-Saharanpur highway if the police fail to arrest the criminals before the deadline,” Som said on Tuesday while addressing a panchayat of villagers.
The panchayat was convened to decide the future course of action and to mount pressure on the police to arrest the criminals.
The girl was abducted on December 31 on her way to school from her village Khindauri. Her body was recovered from the jungle of a nearby village on January 9. A medical report confirmed rape after which angry villagers decided to convene a panchayat and demand the immediate arrest of criminals.
The Bharatiya Janata Party MLA also asked every participant of the panchayat to bring 10 people to attend the girl’s ‘terahvi’ (a mourning ritual) on January 18. He also said that he would ask his supporters to join the ritual in large numbers and thereafter protest on the streets the if police failed to arrest those behind the crime.
BJP MP Satyapal Singh also consoled the aggrieved family and sought information regarding the development in the case from district police.
Baghpat superintendent of police Ravi Shankar Chavi claimed that a few suspects have been detained for interrogation and that police have received some vital clues. “We will crack the case soon,” Chavi told Hindustan Times over the phone.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader and MLA Hemlata Chauhan attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Chauhan also said that SP workers will launch a movement if the girl’s killers are not arrested.