UP cops inform bodily challenged widow ‘to pay for diesel’ to search out her kidnapped daughter

Kanpur, February 2

A physically challenged widow in Kanpur district has alleged that she was told to pay money to local policemen to fill diesel in their vehicles so that they could search for her minor daughter who was abducted by a relative last month.

The woman named Gudia, who moves on crutches, approached the Kanpur police chief on Monday with her complaint against the “errant officials”.

Speaking to reporters at the commissioner’s office, Gudia said that she had filed a case about her missing daughter last month. The police, however, were not helping her, she alleged.

“The cops told me that they were looking for my daughter. Sometimes they would shoo me away and cast aspersions on my daughter’s character. Then they said if I filled diesel in their vehicles they would search for my daughter,” she alleged.

Gudia claimed that she had paid for diesel worth Rs 10,000 to 15,000 for the police vehicles. She said she had borrowed money from relatives for the purpose.

After video clips of Gudia describing her ordeal went viral, the Kanpur police tweeted saying the police post in-charge under whose jurisdiction the case of Gudia’s missing daughter was registered had been removed. A departmental inquiry into the matter had also been ordered, it said.

The police tweeted a video of the elderly woman being driven in a police vehicle from the commissioner’s office to the police station concerned. Four teams had been formed to look for her daughter, the tweet said.

SP Rural, Brijesh Kumar Shrivastava, said, “We have asked the police station in-charge to immediately act on the case. All her allegations will be looked into, and if anyone is found guilty, we will take action.” IANS

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