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Hunt for lost ones continues

People have been streaming in from all over Delhi and neighbouring areas looking for their missing children, reports Kapil Datta and PTI

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 02:45 IST

Noida continues to be the hub for people searching for their missing family members and relatives. Since Sunday, when a special registration camp was set up, the police have registered 312 complaints of missing persons at Nithari.

People have been streaming in from all over Delhi and neighbouring areas looking for their missing children ever since skeletal remains of children and women were found in a drain near house number D-5 owned by Moninder Singh Pandher on December 29.

“On Wednesday, the police registered 27 complaints. Of these, 13 were from people staying in Delhi, five from Ghaziabad, three from Noida and the rest from Haryana,” said the duty officer at the camp, SK Singh.

“Parents are thronging the camp with photos of their missing children. We are taking their applications, which will be forwarded to their respective police stations,” a senior police official said. “We are trying to ensure a proper redressal forum for parents looking for their children,” said SSP RKS Rathore.

Not much we can do, say police

But the police are in a dilemma, as they cannot do much about the complaints. “What can we do? The parents have already registered FIRs with the respective police stations but they still believe that we would be able to do something for them,” a senior police official said. The official said the compensation of Rs 10 lakh was also an attraction for some people.

“They are being misguided by local politicians and vested interests that they would get money in case they lodge their complaint in Nithari,” he said.

Hope floats for some

But the notoriety that the place has gained may help an 8-year-old mentally challenged boy find his parents. The boy was found roaming near the Sai Temple at Noida about a month ago. City Magistrate Shaumaya Gupta said the police wanted to send him to a juvenile home at Meerut, but he intervened to allow him to stay with an NGO in Noida. “We also advertised through newspapers and public announcements in Noida,” Gupta said. Finally on Tuesday, someone did come for him. The police told the parents to enquire at the magistrate’s office. Although they did not turn up at his office till late Wednesday evening, Gupta is keeping his fingers crossed.

Search in vain

Among the parents coming to Noida is Chandu Chauhan, a resident of Ghaziabad, whose two sons went missing together two years ago.

“My sons were 12 and nine. Both went missing on the same day from outside my residence,” he said. Suboth Pal, a resident of Okhla Phase I in South Delhi, prayed that his son Rakesh Pal, who went missing 18 months ago, was not among the victims of the grisly killings.

Prayers for the victims On Wednesday, the All India Hindu Mahasabha organised a havan in memory of the victims in Nithari village.

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First Published: Jan 11, 2007 02:45 IST