Apart from the four arrests made on late Sunday night, the Ghaziabad police has failed to make further headway into the case of firing and rioting in which four men from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) were injured and had to be hospitalised.
The FIR lodged at Khoda police station mentioned seven to eight unidentified persons, Sanjay Malik and the owner of Khushbu clinic at Anil Vihar in Khoda. Police said several teams have already been in put in place to trace the other persons who allegedly arrived in an SUV and attacked the victims.
“The teams are conducting searches at several places in Ghaziabad and nearby districts. However, the accused persons have absconded and are untraceable. We will nab them soon. Police has been deployed in Khoda since Sunday and will remain there till normalcy returns and arrests are made,” said Anil Yadav, circle officer, Indirapuram.
Meanwhile, two of the victims were shifted from the ICU of Noida’s Kailash Hospital to the ward on Tuesday.
“My brother (Rakesh Garg) and Rahul were shifted to the ward, but Vikas Mishra and his brother Abhishek are still being treated in the ICU. The four injured will have to stay in the hospital for another couple of days. We are still suspicious about the incident and want arrest of the accused persons at the earliest. Otherwise, there is a fear that they may try to harm us again,” said Sonu, Garg’s brother.
“There has been a complete laxity on the part of the police, which led the other accused persons escape. The families of all the injured men are afraid and demand immediate arrest of the attackers. If any further incident takes place with these families, the police will be held responsible,” said Vivek Mishra, a VHP functionary from Khoda.
Police had claimed Sunday’s incident was one of road rage. However, locals said road rage around 11.15pm was not possible.
It had also come to light that Garg had complained to police about expansion of a mosque, which the police had stopped. He has alleged in his FIR that he was attacked as fallout of his police complaint regarding the construction work that was going on without permission.