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Villagers, police differ over credit

Both police and villagers of Nithari claim it was their efforts that brought the killer to book, reports Rajkumari Tankha.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 01:28 IST

Both police and the villagers of Nithari claim it was their efforts that brought the killer to book.

Nithari residents Jhabulal and Pappulal said they had reportedly got Satish Singh to confess to kidnapping and killing Payal, the sixteen-year-old who went missing eight months back.

Jhabulal’s ten-year-old daughter Jyoti, and Pappulal’s 11-year-old daughter Rachna have also been missing for a year.

Having failed to make the police act, the two fathers have been making efforts on their own to search their children.

“We were searching for Payal for the last eight months. We suspected Satish because a child would go missing invariably whenever he visited the village, especially the water tank. On Friday, we confronted him and beat him up.

He confessed to killing Payal. He said he had thrown her body in the backyard of his house. We climbed up the wall and were shocked to see the area littered with plastic and gunny bags with skeletons,” says Jhabulal.

“We then immediately called the police,” he adds.

The police then arrested both house owner Mahendra and his servant Satish.

Senior Superintendent of Police RKS Rathore denied this.

"We were searching for Payal and our investigation revealed she had visited D-5, Sector 31. We traced the address through Payal’s mobile phone. We then detained Satish, who confessed to her kidnapping and murder," he says.

Rathore said Surendra confessed to killing seven children. “We have also recovered some bodies but it is difficult to tell the exact number since the bodies are highly decomposed,” he adds.

Meanwhile, Jhabulal, who first found out the bodies in plastic and gunny bags in backyard of D-5, Sector 31 says the figure is over 50. “There were numerous bags containing the body parts of children,” he says.

The whole discovery has vindicated the claim of parents that the kidnapper was a local man. Children have been going missing from Nithari for the past one-and-a-half-year.

While the parents of victims have been knocking the door of the Noida Police, the police had not taken this issue seriously. In fact, victims’ parents often allege police even refused to lodge an FIR.

Social worker Usha Thakur, who got many FIRs lodged (of missing children) says that last year she had informed the police about the suspicious activities in the house number D-5, Sector 31.

“We were sure that the man behind it was a local man. We even gave the police the names of the persons (Surendra and Mahendra) whom we suspected but the police didn’t bother. Had the police acted them some lives would have been saved,” she says.

“The police accused my daughter of having eloped with her boyfriend,” Jhabulal says. “We were suspicious of Surendra and have been repeatedly telling the police about him, but they just refused to do anything,” says his wife Sunita.

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First Published: Dec 30, 2006 01:28 IST