Girl, 14, ‘disappears’ on CCTV in Meerut, police hunt for clues

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

MEERUT: A 14-year-old girl, who went "missing" in the middle of the night from Meerut city, was seen in a widely circulated CCTV footage, purportedly chased by three youths of her locality. "The entire case looks very suspicious," a senior cop said on Friday, adding: "The minor was spotted at multiple locations between 2.30am and 4am on November 23."Circle officer (Kotwali), Amit Kumar Rai, said on Friday, "The footage from several CCTV cameras was scanned.In one, three youths could be seen returning to their houses within minutes (after chasing her on a narrow lane). She could also be seen walking incoherently in two other places. Another footage shows her taking a lift from a trucker and getting down at Kithore, about 20kms from Meerut city, and walking into the darkness."The CO added: "A few truckers, who were later detained, admitted to giving her a lift. Our teams are trying to locate her in Kithore. We came to know she was walking towards Mau Khas. There are no CCTV cameras in the rural belt. Were following traditional methods of asking locals, among others, for her whereabouts."A police officer, part of the investigation, said the girls father has criminal antecedents and is currently in jail for motorcycle theft. "They belong to a low-income group and have no regular means of livelihood. She studied till Class V and dropped out of school," he added. Once the purported video was uploaded on social media and UP Police were tagged, an FIR under IPC section 363 (kidnapping) was registered against three youths -- Mohit Kumar, Nikki Kumar and Sikander (all in early 20s) -- on the complaint of the girls brother. We also published the following articles recentlyCCTV footage reveals 77-yr-old died following assaultCCTV footage reveals that a retired laboratory assistant, Krishnappa, who was initially thought to have suffered an accidental fall, was actually murdered in a violent assault. The incident occurred near a bank in Kempanna Brothers Layout. Krishnappa was intercepted by a motorcycle-borne individual who initiated a confrontation that escalated into the assault. Another person joined the assailant, and together they assaulted Krishnappa before fleeing. Krishnappa, who had run out of diabetes tablets, was on his way to a medical store on his scooter when the incident took place. Police suspect road rage and have formed a special team to apprehend the assailants.Man kills wife, hangs himself from tree in MeerutA 25-year-old man, Suraj Kumar, allegedly killed his wife, Priya, and hanged himself on a tree in Parikshitgarh police station area. The bodies were found in a sugarcane field. Surajs family claimed he was suffering from a mental illness, while Priyas family alleged he was having an affair. Autopsy reports confirmed death by strangulation. Suraj called his father-in-law to confess the crime before committing suicide. No FIR has been lodged yet.50k for each police stn for blanket CCTV coverLalbazar officials have completed the CCTV audit at police stations and are now requesting the installation of CCTVs at stations frequented by the public. Adequate funds have been allocated for this purpose, and police stations have been instructed to conserve footage for at least 18 months as per the Supreme Court mandate. Some police stations have already complied with the mandate and installed cameras. Lalbazar has submitted a master plan for CCTVs in all remaining police stations, but is awaiting fund clearances. In the meantime, they will use available resources to set up CCTVs at public spots within police stations. OCs have been instructed to comply and submit an action taken report.

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