In a shocking twist to the double murder case of Jalaun, the two sisters perceived to have been dead resurfaced here on Wednesday evening along with their husbands, who had been named as accused in the case by the girls’ family.
A special team formed by Kanpur Zone IG Ashutosh Pandey learnt about their whereabouts through mobile surveillance and apprehended them on Wednesday morning. The two were brought to Kanpur in the evening where they were paraded before the media and girls’ family.
Having ascertained that the two girls were Neetu (17) and Vaishali (16), police booked their parents for misleading the probe. The cops, however, were clueless about the identity of the two bodies recovered on Saturday.
There was a large-scale protest in Jalaun on Sunday after the recovery of two bodies the night before. The bodies were identified by PWD engineer Raju Shukla and his wife as that of their daughters Neetu and Vaishali. The family members and locals placed their bodies on the road near the district headquarters and staged a “chakka jam”, condemning police inaction and demanding the immediate arrest of the accused, in Jalaun.
Taking a tough stand for the police inaction, the government first transferred Jalaun SP Rakesh Shanker and then put him under suspension. Besides four cops of the local Kotwali police station were suspended too where the missing FIR was first lodged by the family on September 27. The two bodies were cremated after an autopsy.
The police, however, found that the girls had got married to their alleged boyfriends Gaurav and Mohit and were living in Ghaziabad. “The police team raided their place in Ghaziabad and found them with Gaurav and Mohit. The cops are in the process of recording the statement of the girls under 164 CR pc,” said IG Pandey. The girls during investigation stated that they had left the house on their own.
On the recovery of two bodies, Pandey however stated that records of missing girls were searched at various police stations of the district. “The cops however could not find any similarity of the missing victims to the bodies of the two girls recovered from Mangal nullah in Atrakala village under the Churkhi police station of the district on Oct 4.”
The police have arrested the parents of the minor sisters, who mislead the investigating cops by doing wrong identification of the bodies of two girls. “They have been booked under section 203 of IPC,” said Pandey.