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Ghaziabad: Modi Nagar cops were transferred on state govt order

The action came after a series of protests over the discovery of a dismembered body of a 15-year-old girl on the night of September 14.

noida Updated: Sep 20, 2017 21:55 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police (SSP), HN Singh, on Tuesday transferred 132 police personnel.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The directions for action against 132 police personnel deployed under the Modi Nagar police station came directly from the state government after MLA Dr Manju Shivach had raised the issue with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other officials in Lucknow.

The Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police (SSP), HN Singh, on Tuesday transferred 132 police personnel — 96 male constables, 13 women constables, 16 head constables and seven sub-inspectors — from Modi Nagar to police lines. The action came after a series of protests over the discovery of a dismembered body of a 15-year-old girl on the night of September 14.

“I had been to Lucknow in the last 48 hours. I met CM Yogi and briefed him about the incident and the protests going on. Later, I met UP chief secretary and also met senior police officers at the DGP’s office. I apprised them of the incidents since the body of the murdered girl was found. They later decided on the action,” said Dr Manju Shivach, MLA, Modi Nagar.

The girl had gone missing on the morning of September 4, on way to her school. Her family had lodged an FIR for kidnapping a day later and named two persons behind the incident. However, the head of the girl was found in fields at Kalcheena on September 14 and the remaining parts were found the next morning.

“Her school bag is yet to be found. We suspect the involvement of more people behind her murder. The accused had said that they had strangled her but her head was found first and the torso, later. We suspect a larger conspiracy and more people could be involved. We demand a CBI probe,” the girl’s father said.

“Initially, the police picked up the accused but they were let off. Later, the same people were arrested and revealed the location of the body when they were questioned. The police acted in a biased manner and we want an FIR against the personnel responsible. Transferring personnel will not be of any use,” he said.

Since the body was discovered, local associations, residents, traders and politicians have been protesting and taking out processions, demanding a CBI inquiry.

When the police and administration officials had set up a camp on Tuesday on the occasion of ‘tehsil diwas’, residents and the girl’s family had approached them and sought action. Sources said that MLA Shivach had also sought action against the police personnel responsible.

“During the tehsil diwas, the locals raised issues pertaining to Modi Nagar police. So, we decided to transfer them to police lines and deputed new personnel to Modi Nagar. The large-scale transfer was done to instil confidence among the public as they alleged that our personnel were lax in duty,” SSP Singh said.

So far, the police arrested five persons in the case. The officials said that the case is being investigated.

“The accused were initially let off as there was no evidence. Once the details of their mobile phone number came in, we came to know that one of the accused was in touch with the girl, who had pressurized him to marry her. However, he refused as he was already married and allegedly murdered her. The girl had gone with him and their call details revealed that they had been in touch for long,” he said.

On September 15, the SSP had also transferred the Modi Nagar SHO to police lines and suspended the case investigating officer.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 21:55 IST