5 cops suspended after 3-year-old girl’s mutilated body found in Aligarh

The girl's father, Banwarilal Sharma, had threatened to fast unto death, demanding the arrest of the accused's family members who, he said, "colluded" in the crime. The SSP met him and persuaded him against sitting on fast.
5 cops suspended after 3-year-old girl’s mutilated body found in Aligarh
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Five policemen, including an SHO, have been suspended foralleged negligence, five days after the mutilated body of a three-year-old girlwas found in a garbage dump in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, triggering a hugepublic outcry over the brutality of the murder.

The policemen were suspended for alleged delay inregistering the case after the girl was reported missing, and also for delayingthe probe which eventually led to the discovery of her body on June 2,officials said.

Tappal police station officials registered the case on May31, a day after she had gone missing. Two suspects have been arrested andpolice say the case is a fallout of a monetary dispute.

The accused Zahid and Aslam have confessed to killing thegirl after her father failed to return Rs 12,000 he had borrowed from them,police sources said.

Asked about the suspension of police officials, SeniorSuperintendent of Police Akash Kulhari told PTI that it was done on Thursday onthe basis of the inquiry conducted by circle officer Pankaj Srivastva.

The girl's father, Banwarilal Sharma, had threatened to fastunto death, demanding the arrest of the accused's family members who, he said,"colluded" in the crime. The SSP met him and persuaded him againstsitting on fast.

The SSP said he has assured Sharma that justice would bedone in the case and the accused would be tried in a fast-track court.

Proceedings have begun to charge the duo under the NationalSecurity Act, Kulhari has said.

A six-member SIT has been formed to investigate the case anda female inspector had been appointed to carry forward the probe, he said.

The minor's brutal killing has led to a huge publiccondemnation.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed shock over theincident and wondered how any human being can treat a child so brutally.

"The horrific murder of a little girl in Aligarh, UPhas shocked and disturbed me. How can any human being treat a child with suchbrutality? This terrible crime must not go unpunished. The UP police must actswiftly to bring the killers to justice," he said on Twitter.

His sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka GandhiVadra too condemned the inhuman act.

"The brutal murder in Aligarh is yet another inhuman,unspeakable crime against an innocent child. I cannot even begin to imagine thepain her parents must feel. What has become of us," she asked.

Celebrities too expressed their shock and disgust.

"Horrified, upset and angry to know about baby#TwinkleSharma! This is definitely not the kind of world we want for ourchildren. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime.#JusticeForTwinkle," actor Akhsya Kumar said.

"Just so disgusted and angered hearing about#TwinkleSharma. How can somebody even think of doing such a thing?!?!Speechless.," Abhishek Bachchan tweeted.

The little girl had gone missing from Tappal township on May30. Her body was found on June 2 in a garbage dump near her house.

"Post-mortem examination has not found any sign ofsexual assault. The report confirmed death due to strangulation," policesaid.

Security measures at Tappal township, 50 km from thedistrict headquarters, have been tightened as a precautionary step aftertension prevailed in the area.

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