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Rape protest disrupts UP CM’s Ghaziabad schedule

Rape protest disrupts UP CM’s Ghaziabad schedule
Rubber bullets, lathi charge and tear gas shells had to be used by the Ghaziabad police on Thursday to check a mob protesting against the rape-cum-murder of a five-year-old girl in Sehani village. Half a dozen security personnel and over a dozen protesters were injured in the melee.

The scuffle between the protesters and the police continued till late in the evening, forcing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to keep his first visit to Ghaziabad after coming to power low profile. All functions, including the inauguration of six projects in the area, were cancelled. However, the administration maintained that the cancellation of the programmes had nothing to do with the protest. 'The cancellation of some of the Chief Minister's engagements in Ghaziabad has nothing to do with the protest,' said N K Tiwari, Assistant Director, Press and Information, Uttar Pradesh.

According to the police the badly-damaged body of the five-year-old girl was recovered from the Subhash Nagar area in Sehani village at around 11.30 am on Thursday. The girl had been missing since Wednesday evening. She was last seen playing near her house. 'The body was in a very bad condition, her face was crushed and brunt with acid. Prima-facie it seems she had been raped,' said a senior police officer in Sehani Gate police station. The police has sent the body for post-mortem examination.

The parents of the girl had complained the police on Wednesday evening and also approached them on Thursday morning, but no case had been registered. However, the body was recovered from a ground hardly 200 metres from her residence. After discovering the body in a naked and mutilated condition, the residents blocked the Delhi - Meerut highway and even damaged some vehicles.

'We had to resort to lathi charge, use tear gas shells and fire rubber bullets to contain the mob, but there wasn't any firing,' said SS Yadav, SP City of Ghaziabd. 'We are also registering complaints against over a 1,000 people for attacking police and damaging public property. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was to inaugurate six projects in the area, including a bridge at Hindon river. But he only took part in a SRM University programme in Muradnagar and left Ghaziabd at around 4.30 pm for Delhi.'
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