Tappal Aligarh child murdered

Aligarh: In the shocking case of a diabolical murder of an infant Twinkle Sharma in Tappal town of Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh, the police have found out that suspect Zahid had borrowed Rs 50,000 from the grandfather of the victim. Out of this amount, the suspect still owed Rs 10,000.

On 28 May, when the grandfather did not receive the money, he demanded it again. This led to heated exchanges between the old man and Zahid where the latter threatened to settle scores with the family of the former.

On 30 May, Zahid kidnapped the girl and killed her with the help of accomplice Aslam. The body of the girl was found in a garbage dump on 2 June near a house in a dilapidated condition. A hand of the child was missing and the eyes had been gouged out.

The accused, Zahid and Aslam, have been arrested

After the post-mortem report of the victim arrived, the police said that the girl was not raped but strangled. However, the father of the victim, Banwari Lal Sharma, fears she had been raped, too.

The police have arrested the two suspects. On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh government formed an SIT to investigate into the matter.

Tappal crime: Action under NSA, POCSO

ADG (law and order) Anand Kumar said that the SIT led by the superintendent of police (rural) had been formed to investigate the murder. The forensic team collected important evidence from the spot.

The police are preparing the case in a manner so that the accused can be tried under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, related to child crime, as well as the National Security Act.

SSP Akash Kulhari said that the accused Zahid and Aslam would be tried in a fast track court.

Five policemen were suspended after the incident.

Describing the gory crime, the girl’s mother told a news agency, “When a sweeper arrived at the spot, he saw a hand was missing from my daughter’s body and a leg was broken. Her eyes were burned with some acid.”

“I do not know why he (the accused) did this with my daughter. We want him to be awarded the death sentence. Otherwise, after seven years (duration of jail for a rape convict), he will walk free. The family of the accused should be arrested, too.”

UP minister’s foot-in-the-mouth

When questioned about the crime, Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said about the murder in Tappal that “such incidents happen”. “But,” he said, “After that, the government takes strict action. This is the reason that the crime graph has gone down in the State.”

Outrage on social media

People and politicians are expressing outrage over the Tappal incident on social media. They include Congress president Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, cricketer Virender Sehwag, actor Ayushman Khurana.

“The horrific murder of a little girl in Aligarh, UP has shocked and disturbed me. How can any human being treat a child with such brutality? This terrible crime must not go unpunished. The UP police must act swiftly to bring the killers to justice,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

“The brutal murder in Aligarh is yet another inhuman, unspeakable crime against an innocent child. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain her parents must feel. What has become of us?” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra posted on Twitter.