Police arrested Naushad along with two other accused, who had kidnapped and gang-raped (attempted to rape as per some reports) a minor Brahmin girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia. On Sunday (October 16) during the course of the police investigation, the accused tried to flee the spot. The police resorted to retaliatory firing leading to Naushad being injured in the leg.
According to media reports, the accused Naushad is a tent worker. On October 16, a crowd of angry people gathered outside Naushad’s house after learning about the rape incident. They were demanding that Naushad’s house be bulldozed. Since nine in the morning, angry protestors threw tent items on the road and indulged in roadblocks demanding strict action against the accused.
The protests went on for several hours during heavy public outrage. Higher officials intervened to control the situation and instructed the PWD department to raze the structures in the accused’s home. Accordingly, PWD workers bulldozed the terrace and tin shed in the presence of the police.
The minor girl had gone to see the fair with her friend on Friday (October 14) evening. However, she disappeared from Tadi Baragaon of the Nagra police station area in Ballia. Her family members started looking for her when she did not return home after a long time.
On Saturday (October 15) morning, the police found the minor unconscious in a pool of blood on the Roopwar-Sikarhata road of Tadi Baragaon. She was taken to the district hospital, where doctors referred her to Varanasi as her condition was critical. Murder charges have been slapped against Naushad after the victim lost her life during the course of the treatment.
“On being unsuccessful, he abused the victim and choked her throat. He also used sharp blades to slit her hand and also tried to separate her legs from her body. The girl was then thrown away on the nearby farm and was discovered only the next morning. Some of the women from the village found the girl lying on the roadside the next morning and called the villagers. The girl was immediately shifted to the nearby hospital where she died on October 21”, notes OpIndia.
“He used to come to our house frequently as he stayed only around 10 meters away from home. We had friendly relations with him and he was free to roam around in our home. I am still clueless why he did such a brutal thing to my daughter”, said the girl’s father Ravindra Pandey who added they treated Naushad as their family member.
The father informed the media that when the girl didn’t return after a long time, he contacted her friend who said she had returned an hour ago and the victim wasn’t with her. Some villagers informed Ravindra they had seen his daughter with Naushad. Ravindra contacted Naushad who lied saying the girl wasn’t with him.
The police acted on Ravindra’s complaint. In the meanwhile, doctors have collected samples of her nails and other organs of the body to find evidence of the attack. The victim’s family members have demanded strict action against Naushad and other accused.