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A Marriage Made In The Mob’s Lair
Ever since Outlook reported the shocking story of the dreaded criminal, Sultan Mia, abducting a married woman and forcing her to marry him at a mosque in Mainpura, Patna, there’s been a storm blowing. Sultan Mia is close to Mohammed Shahabuddin, RJD MP from Siwan, and has links with senior RJD leaders. Following media reports, many outfits have come forward to help rescue Kanchan Mishra. One has, for instance, announced a Rs 7.5 lakh reward for anybody who is able to save her.

The National Women’s Commission (NCW) too has taken up the case and on December 16 an NCW team, led by its chairperson Poornima Advani and members Shankar Sen, Nafisa Hussain and Baby Rani Maurya, were in Patna on a fact-finding mission. Before leaving Patna, the team observed that the cops were apparently in cahoots with Sultan Mia. "After conducting the inquiry I’ve given a 10-day ultimatum to the state police to produce Kanchan Mishra before the Commission. If it fails to do so, then we will be forced to issue summons to the police officials," the chairperson said at the end of her visit.

In its earlier report, Outlook had inadvertently reported that the ‘marriage’ reception was organised at the residence of Ejaz-ul-Haq, a minister in Rabri Devi’s cabinet. The reception was actually held at the house of another rjd Muslim leader from Seemanchal.

Meanwhile, there’s no news about Kanchan Mishra’s whereabouts. Not even from the cops!

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