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Cracking down on erring Uttar Pradesh police officials in connection with the Nithari serial killings, CBI sleuths on Tuesday raided the home of a dismissed officer here and recovered documents related to missing children.
The house in Prayag Raj Colony of Simranjeet Kaur, a sub-inspector who was in-charge of the police outpost in Nithari, was searched by CBI officials. Official sources said some documents pertaining to missing children and details of bank lockers were found during the raid. The lockers will be opened soon, they said.
Besides investigating the grisly murder of women and children at Nithari in Noida, the CBI is probing whether there were any lapses by the local police and administration.
The agency today completed two days of polygraphic tests on Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surendra Koli, the main accused in the case, the sources said.
Two weeks ago, more than 40 plastic bags were fished out of a drainage ditch near the house, stuffed full of human remains. The grisly find was the latest evidence of one of the worst suspected cases of serial killing in Indian history, a string of brutal crimes that authorities fear may have included dozens of victims. Police have arrested a businessman and his domestic servant, who stand accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering at least 15 women and children before dismembering their corpses and tossing them out. Since the first gruesome discovery Dec. 29, India has been transfixed by the case, appalled by the scope and brutality of the slayings. Every new detail, each more shocking than the last, has made national headlines.
But beyond the revulsion lies a mounting sense of outrage, because the killings have offered proof of a commonly held belief here: that when it comes to justice in this land of 1 billion people, there is one system for the rich and another for the poor.
Of the victims who have been identified so far, all were residents of nearby slums where the most basic public services â€” electricity and sanitation, for instance â€” remain out of reach. That sad litany apparently includes police protection, for it is now clear that the authorities routinely dismissed, belittled or ignored anguished reports of missing loved ones, even as such reports began piling up.
Mothers were told that their daughters must have run away or eloped. Other poverty-stricken parents who tried to report a missing child were chastised for having too many kids and failing to keep track of them.