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Noida killings: Pandher was given clean chit
Santosh K Joy in Noida (UP) | February 04, 2007 15:59 IST
The Noida police, under fire for its handling of the Nithari serial killings, had in August last year submitted a report to a local court, giving a clean chit to accused Moninder Singh Pandher in the disappearance of one of the victims, Payal.
However, the documents attached with the report prepared by the then sub-inspector in-charge of the Nithari police post allegedly had glaring flaws, raising doubts about the police handling of the matter.
After a complaint was registered by Nandlal, father of Payal, the police not only came out with a report that gave a clean chit to Pandher but also said the girl was not missing but had eloped.
Nandlal had approached the chief judicial magistrate's court with his complaint that the police was not registering a first information report in the disappearance of his daughter and sought investigation against Pandher.
On the instructions of the court, Noida police took up the investigation and came out with the report in the last week of August, 2006.
Meanwhile, families of the victims on Sunday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and protested the transfer of the senior superintendent of police, Noida, saying he was being "unnecessarily punished."
As many as 11 families of the Nithari victims met Mulayam Singh at his official residence and complained that they were yet to get adequate compensation, house and government jobs as promised by the authorities.
Jhabbulal, father of 10-year-old Jyoti, said SSP R K S Rathore was being "unnecessarily punished" while several other guilty policemen have gone unpunished.
Pappulal, father of Rachna, and Durga Prasad, father of Arti, also expressed similar sentiments before they were ushered in the chief minister's house.
The victims' families would also be submitting a memorandum to the chief minister.