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Mulayam under pressure to quit
Digging on in ‘killer’ house

Lucknow/Noida, January 3
Coming under increased attack from political rivals over the police handling of the ghastly crime, UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today did not completely rule out a CBI probe into the grisly killings, but maintained that he would await the report of the two-member committee looking into the issue before taking a decision. He promised stern action against those found guilty of lapses in the whole episode.

Asked why he and other senior leaders of his Samajwadi Party had not visited the scene of the crimes, Yadav said he had not gone there as he did not want to affect the ongoing probe by the police and the two-member committee.

He added he would visit Noida soon. Talking to mediapersons, “We are waiting for the two-member committee’s report which is in Nithari to probe the incident,” he said.

The Congress also demanded a CBI inquiry into the brutal killings. Baying for Mulayam’s blood the BJP, too, today demanded a CBI probe into the ghastly killings of countless missing children aged between six to nine years in Nithari village in Noida district, adjacent to national capital, and asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to quit owning up responsibility for failure of administration.

Stepping up its campaign against the guilty police officials in the Nithari serial killings, BJP workers today launched an indefinite hunger strike at the District Magistrate’s office in Noida.

Party Rajya Sabha leader Vinay Katiyar speaking to the affected families, after visiting the ‘killer house’ in Nithari Village this afternoon, regretted that a “pittance” was announced as compensation by the state government.

“At least Rs 10 lakh should be given to all those who had suffered for so long at the hands of the killer,” he said and added that the Mulayam Singh government should resign owning moral responsibility for the dastardly act which showed failure of the entire system.

Protesting at the DM Camp office at Noida, the BJP demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI.

Meanwhile, the police has dug up the lawns of the ‘killer house’ in Nithari village as part of continuing efforts to probe the serial killings of women and children at the place.

However, “nothing suspicious” was found in the night-long digging of the non built-up area at ‘D-5 Nithari Gaon’ in Noida’s Sector 31, according to top police sources.

“Though nothing concrete has been found in the digging, the final word would be out only after laboratory tests are conducted on the unearthed substances.” The digging was undertaken to find out if some bodies had been buried inside the house as well, the sources added.

Meanwhile, several members of the victims’ families today met the two-member enquiry panel and asked for “liberal assistance” to begin life anew.

They demanded that at least one member of each affected family be given a government job and a 25-sq metre plot for building a house. — Agencies



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