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Nithari: Mulayam announces CBI probe
Parmindar Singh and PTI

Noida/ Lucknow, January 5
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has ordered a CBI probe into Noida killings of children.

Under fire for police inaction Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced giving a plot each to the family of the victims and agreed to consider demand for providing a government job.

"We will give them plots also," Yadav told reporters after announcing a CBI probe into the matter.

When asked about considering the demand of victims families for a government job, Yadav said "we will consider this also".

The Chief Minister said although no money can compensate the loss of life, the state government as a mark of respect and sympathy to the bereaved families has enhanced the compensation amount from Rs two to Rs five lakh.

The average Nithari man, however, is offended no end that the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav should have chosen not to come to express his sympathies with them though he was in Delhi. And the representative he sent from his government, his brother, PWD minister Shiv Pal Singh, seemed to have dropped a hot brick when he said ' killings of Nithari children was a routine and minor matter and not an unusual crime'. It had actually rubbed salt on the wounds of Nithari victims’ parents.

Even Union Minister for women Renuka Chaudhry was aghast at the temerity of the UP minister to have made such a callous irresponsible and offending statement.

Over 100 persons marched to the now infamous D-5, Sector-31, residence of Pandher, the scene of the alleged serial killings, demanding capital punishment for the accused.

The protesters, who raised slogans against the police and the government, included parents who have lost their children and also those whose children are still missing.

They first hanged the effigies of the two accused, Pandher and his servant Surendra Kohli, and then burnt them.

In the state capital, party workers gathered near the Sardar Patel statue in Hazratganj and staged a dharna.

Sporting black badges in their hands and holding placards, they demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister and held the state government's apathy responsible for the serial killings.

Parwasi Maha Sangh also took out a procession which too burnt the effigies after very spirited speeches by the sponsors.

A Sarva Dharma prayer meeting was also held in which prayers for the peace of the departed souls by Hindu, Sikh and Christian priests.

Political groups, NGOs and people from outside trooping into the village were equally agitated along with the locals. “We don't care for your Rs 5 lakhs we want our children back” and "we have more faith in God then in UP Government that guilty will be punished befittingly" was the refrain.

The people expect that Moninder Singh and Surinder will be nailed in the narco tests. Parents from Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Meerut, Delhi are also coming here in the hope of getting some news about their own missing children.

Police visits Bengal village

MALDA: A police contingent on Friday visited a village in Malda district of West Bengal to investigate the antecedents of Maya Sarkar, domestic help of Moninder Singh Pandher. Maya Sarkar, who has been arrested in Noida, hailed from Nalagola Purbapara village under Bamungola in Malda district.

Officer-in charge of the Bamungola police station Anil Roy, who visited the village, said the police would also inquire into the number of children missing from the area in the past two years in view of the Noida killings.

Accused to undergo 3 tests

AHMEDABAD: Pandher and his servant Surendra Kohli were taken to the Forensic Department at Gandhinagar in Gujarat amid tight security.

They will undergo lie detection test, narco-analysis and brain finger printing at the Directorate of Forensic Sciences (DFS), Investigating Officer Dinesh Yadav said.

Director of the DSF J. M. Vyas said it might take three or four days to conduct the three tests on the two accused. “We will try to do it faster”, he added.



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