Uttar Pradesh police received a damning rebuke from the Supreme Court on Friday after a 13-year-old girl who had been missing from the state for two months was found in two days by officers from neighboring Delhi. The UP police had asked for two more months to locate her, prompting the court to hand the case over to Delhi police earlier this week.
The 13-year-old girl went missing from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on July 8 and had been missing for nearly two months, forcing her mother to go to the Supreme Court.
The court handed over the investigation to the Delhi Police Department in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday and handed over the investigation data. It also instructed the new Delhi Police Commissioner, Rakesh Asthana, to oversee the investigation.
On Friday, Additional Advocate General Rupinder Singh Suri, appearing before the Delhi police, informed the Supreme Court that after the UP police handed over the case papers to the Delhi police on Thursday, officers went to Kolkata and tracked down both the girl and her kidnapper. .
“This is certainly a reflection of the state of the UP Police. It didn’t take that long and they wanted two more months, without realizing the seriousness of the case and the urgency,” the Supreme Court said.
A trio of judges from the judges AM Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and CT Ravikumar asked the Delhi police to hand over the girl to the mother after the necessary formalities.
The court also asked the Delhi Police to take follow-up steps to ensure that relevant evidence, including medical reports, if any, is presented to the court along with a compliance report.
The mother, who works as a domestic worker in Delhi, claimed in her petition that her daughter was allegedly abducted from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by a man when her relatives went there to attend a wedding.