'Murdered' girl's kin threaten stir

Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, July 3 The issue of the alleged murder of a teenaged Dalit
girl in Ratia town in this district has taken a new turn with the
local Balmiki Sabha and kin of the victim threatening to launch an
agitation on the issue.

Hina, a 13-year-old girl from Jalandhar, who had come at Ratia to see
her maternal aunt, had disappeared on June 16 when she had gone to
purchase sugar from the market.

Her body was recovered by the police from under the bushes from a
vacant plot on June 23.

Her kin had lodged an FIR of kidnapping against two motorcycle-borne
youths, who, they alleged, murdered her after raping her. SP Saurabh
Singh, however, had ruled out the possibility of rape and had said the
youths named by victim's kin had been found innocent.

He had said that it appeared to be a case of animosity. A meeting of
the Balmiki Sabha was held on July 1 in the Balmiki Basti dharamshala.
Pawan Kumar presided over the meeting.

Talking to mediapersons. Pawan Kumar alleged that the family had
expressed its suspicion against two youths, who, allegedly lured away
the girl and "killed her after raping her".

He said despite several meetings with the local police, the kin had
got nothing except assurances.

Harkesh Kumar, father of the victim, alleged that his daughter's
blood-stained body was found under mysterious circumstances, but the
police was treating it as natural death.

The girl's father and the Balmiki Sabha warned that in case the police
failed to do anything, they would meet the higher authorities in
Chandigarh and launch an agitation.

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