Amid escalating tensions over the alleged murder of a 2.5 years old girl in Aligarh, contingents of security forces were deployed and a flag march was carried out in the vicinity on Sunday to prevent any untoward incident from happening.
Over 8 companies of Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) along with police were deployed. Anti-riot vehicles also have been pressed into action.
Over the last two days, a message has been doing rounds on social media calling for a 'Mahapanchayat' in wake of the murder. The police, however, claimed that the said gathering has been called off. "We have talked to prominent people of the society and they have expressed their satisfaction over the police action so far. The Mahapanchayat has been called off," Rural Superintendent of Police Manilal Patidar said.
"Nevertheless if some people do come here given they may not be aware of the latest development, we have made necessary arrangements to deal with them. We will not allow any untoward incident from taking place," he added.
He also negated reports of Muslim families migrating from the area. Four people including the main accused Zahid, his wife, and associate Aslam have been arrested for abducting and killing the minor in a revenge crime over a financial dispute with her father. Victim's mutilated body was found in a garbage pile, police had said on Wednesday.
On Friday, Police in Uttar Pradesh constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the murder.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, a third suspect has now been arrested in the horrific murder case in Aligarh wherein the mutilated body of a 3-year-old girl was found in a garbage dump, with an initial probe indicating that the killing was a fallout of a monetary dispute as per what the police said Thursday. Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said the girl went missing from Tappal township on May 31 and on June 2, police found her mutilated body in a garbage dump near her house. Police had earlier arrested two persons — Zahid and Aslam — on the basis of the complaint of the victim’s father.
“Post-mortem examination has not found any sign of sexual assault. The report confirmed death due to strangulation,” the police officer said.