SHAHJAHANPUR: In an instance of what the police department can actually accomplish if it wants to, a single stern directive from a top officer led to dozens of missing girls being rescued virtually overnight in Shahjahanpur. Superintendent of police (city) KB Singh had warned dozens of inspectors in the region about solving pending abduction cases of 39 girls in different police stations. Within 72 hours, 27 of the girls were found and rescued, while the hunt is on to find the other 12.
In the area, ‘perform or perish’ is the message as eight sub inspectors have been transferred to police lines for inefficiency and 24 others of the same rank have been directed to show results within 48 hours or face the music.
There were 39 cases pending in Shahjahanpur under section 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her mar-riage) and there were repeated complaints from the family members to recover the abducted girls. Most of the cases were pending since 2016 and one in Roza police station here since 2015, involving the abduction of a minor girl. After receiving warning from Singh, the investigating officer managed to rescue the girl swiftly. Roza police then went on to solve two more pending cases within the same period.
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