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Villagers block NH-71 over inaction by cops on missing man

Residents of Dighal village in Jhajjar district on Wednesday blocked National Highway-71 connecting Bawal to Jalandhar on the Jhajjar-Rohtak stretch while protesting against the alleged inaction of Haryana Police in finding 23-year-old Devender,who has been missing since August 27.

Residents of Dighal village in Jhajjar district on Wednesday blocked National Highway-71 connecting Bawal to Jalandhar on the Jhajjar-Rohtak stretch while protesting against the alleged inaction of Haryana Police in finding 23-year-old Devender,who has been missing since August 27. The blockade began around 8 am and was carrying on till late evening.

The villagers alleged that Devender was kidnapped by village Sarpanch Deepak,who nursed an old grudge against Devender’s family owing. Devender is posted as a constable with the Delhi Police and had gone to his duty on August 27 morning,but never returned.

“We think Deepak has either killed Devender or kidnapped him. We have been running from pillar to post for the over a week now and the police are doing nothing except for giving us fake assurances. We were told last evening that the sarpanch will be arrested on Wednesday,but nothing has happened. Finally,we were left with no other resort but to block the national highway,” said Devender’s uncle Praveen.

Senior police officers,including the Jhajjar and Rohtak SPs reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitated mob,who had parked their tractor-trolleys and other vehicles on the road,to no avail.

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Devender’s mother Sona Devi said: “What more can I do? I keep praying to God for my son’s safety and hope that he is alive. This sarpanch has previously threatened Monu (Devender) and has now kidnapped him. The police are not doing anything except giving us assurances that everything will be alright. I guess they (police) are also with the sarpanch,” Sona Devi said.

A police spokesperson said: “Efforts are on to trace Devender. His mobile phone has been put on surveillance and we hope to trace him soon. Senior officers are in touch with the villagers and are trying to pacify them to lift the blockade.”

First published on: 06-09-2012 at 03:44:02 am
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