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Pitched battles in Nithari
*More complaints of missing kids *Organ trade ruled out
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 1
Irate villagers of Nithari today fought pitched battles with the police, both throwing stones at each other, outside the residence of businessman Moninder Singh who, along with his servant, allegedly sexually abused children and murdered them.

While a high-level probe committee constituted by the state government will visit Noida tomorrow for a first-hand study of the situation and also to meet victims of the Nithari tragedy, the cause of the families of the victims suffered today as the village was turned into an arena by politicians.

A local leader and former Rajya Sabha member, Mr D.P. Yadav, who visited the village today, condemned the incident and demanded a CBI inquiry.

With Assembly elections due shortly, every political party appeared keen on exploiting the tragic situation. The Congress took out a procession through the town, which was stopped by policemen on the Nithari road near Ram Vihar Colony, opposite Nithari village.

The announcement of a Rs 2-lakh compensation for families of each victim by the state government has brought in a few more complainants from different parts of the town who stressed that their wards had also gone missing from near Nithari village.

Hardev Singh, alias Sunny (16), s/o Kuldip Singh and student of National Public School, from Indirapuram, Vinhal Halder (13), d/o Gopal Halder, from Indira Market in Sector 27, Noida, and Qunian Saik (12), s/o Muniral Saik of West Bengal, who lived with his maternal uncle Haseeb Saik in Indira Nagar, were some of them.

As Congress processionists sat down on the main road at about 1 pm, some people tried to enter the village, which was completely barricaded today, and go near Moninder Singh’s house, but were “shooed away” by lathi-wielding policemen. As the policemen charged the crowd, people started throwing stones.

The policemen, too, retaliated by throwing stones.

The ding-dong battle between the crowd and the policemen continued for over three hours in which some innocent women, apparently from victims’ families, were beaten up by women cops. In all, at least 12 persons and five cops were injured in the skirmishes.

SSP R.K.S. Rathore ruled out the angle of human organ trade in the killings.

Villagers gave vent to their anger by pelting Mohinder Singh’s house with stones.

Meanwhile, according to an agency report, the police remand of Mohinder Singh and his servant Surendra was today extended till January 10.

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