Delayed response and negligence by the police allegedly resulted in yet another sensational crime in the state capital, as the body of a medicine trader’s teenage son — Harsh Manglani, 16, who had been missing from Krishna Nagar since Monday afternoon — was found in an under-construction house in Ashiana in the wee hours of Thursday.
Worse still, Harsh’s friend, who allegedly strangulated him at the site, fled as cops let him off after calling him at the Krishna Nagar police station for quizzing in the matter.
The deceased’s father Sacchanand Manglani alleged that the cops at Krishna Nagar police station registered an FIR regarding his son’s disappearance on Tuesday morning only after he bribed them with Rs. 500. The incident also led to resentment among other traders who staged protest at the police station.
Sacchanand told media persons that Harsh went missing when he left home around 3.20 pm on Monday and was last seen with his cousin Amit’s friend Sujit Dhanuk. He said Harsh was familiar with Sujit who stays near his house in Natkhera, Krishna Nagar.
He said he queried Sujit when Harsh did not return home till 8 pm. The boy, however, feigned ignorance about Harsh’s whereabouts.
“Sujit moved along with us searching for Harsh and even misled that one Sikh youth was seen along with him,” added Sacchanand.
Sujit came under suspicion when the surveillance cell team checked his mobile call details and found that his location was same as that of the deceased. This came to fore when Sujit, along with Harsh’s father and others, was present at Krishna Nagar police station. But cops allowed Sujit to go, asking him to reach the police outpost near his house.
SSP Yashasvi Yadav said Sujit was allowed to go, as Harsh’s father had himself stated that he did not suspect him.
He said efforts were on to arrest Sujit while his father Sajjan Lal and brother Satyam had been arrested for allegedly helping the former in the crime.
The SSP, however, had no justified explanation for cops not accompanying Sujit, if he was under suspicion. On the allegation of bribe, he said the deceased’s family had not given any written application against the head constable in the matter.