Hindutva activists lay siege to Bhopal police station after girl goes missing

bhopal_map_360BHOPAL: Members of a radical Hindu outfit on Friday, laid siege to a police station in the heart of Bhopal after a minor Dalit girl was allegedly abducted by a man from a minority community two days ago.

Calling it ‘love jihad’, over 100 right-wing activists gheraoed the MP Nagar police station and delivered a 48-hour ultimatum to police to track the girl or face reprisal. Bajrang Dal members threatened to bring the city to a halt and lock down all police stations in the state capital if the girl was not rescued.

Police claimed they had lodged a case of abduction and are trying to locate the girl. The 17-year-old girl is missing since October 10 and family members claimed she had been kidnapped by a neighbour, Amir, 23. Both are residents of Rajeev Nagar.

The girl is a school dropout and her father runs a shop outside their home. The accused, Amir, is a painter by profession and is married. Police said Amir left his mobile at home and is using another phone, which they are trying to track through surveillance. A police party has also left for Katni where his in-laws live.

Bajrang Dal leaders, who launched protests at police station said the girl’s parents had approached them after police refused to act.

Bajrang Dal state coordinator Kamlesh Thakur said, “Massive protests would be held if police failed to rescue the minor within their deadline. When we went to police station in morning, officials did not allow us to enter and downed shutters. This exposes the police insensitivity,” he said.

Source: The Times of India