The palpable tension in the Malwani area of Malad following the death of the 14-year-old, who had gone missing six months ago, is slowly subsiding.
A force of more than 100 from the Riot Control Police (RCP), Quick Response Team (QRT) and additional policemen from the adjoining areas and from Local Arms who were deployed in the area to prevent an untoward incident, have almost left the area. The force had been keeping tabs on the activities in the locality in different shifts.
By Thursday, 80% of the force was withdrawn after the police said the situation was under control. “The locals had been protesting against police inaction. They had been standing outside the police station for a long time and had even brought the body of the girl to the police station. We did not want to take any risk as Malwani is a communally sensitive area and late action could have proved to be a disaster,” said a police officer from Malwani police station.
When asked about the situation in the Malwani area, senior police inspector Abdul Rauf Shaikh, said, “The situation is now under control” refusing to comment any further.
On Thursday, there were only policemen who were guarding the area, while the special teams had all left. “The policemen will be posted in the area for the next few days. Only after we are sure that nothing is likely to happen will they be called back for normal duty,” said another police officer of Malwani police station.
The girl went missing in May and was discovered in the last week of October, in a frail condition. She died while undergoing treatment. Police claim the girl eloped with the accused, a minor himself.