Body of slain teen found after 11-day search in Greater Noida canal

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Greater Noida: Vaibhav Singhal, a 16-year-old allegedly murdered by friends over a personal dispute, had his body recovered on Sunday here after an intensive 11-day search. The accused, Maaz Pathan, 19, and a juvenile accomplice, had dumped the body in the Khareli canal near Hinauti village.

The body, found 12 km from the dumping site, followed continuous efforts and a confession from the accused. Both perpetrators were arrested after a gunfight on February 7, with Pathan sustaining a gunshot injury in his leg.

“After the January 30 incident, continuous efforts were made to find the body of the boy. The accused had confessed to killing him and dumping the body in the canal,” stated a police spokesperson.

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A State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team and five police teams collaborated in the search, spanning canals and their branch streams across districts like Bulandshahr, Mathura, Agra, and Aligarh.

The tragic discovery unfolded as a team searched along the Mart branch canal. The body was found 100 meters from the Chachura culvert. The family identified the victim, and legal proceedings are underway.

According to PTI, the incident triggered outrage in Bilaspur town, leading residents to protest at the local Dankaur police station. Community support and demands for justice were echoed by local traders who closed their shops for multiple days.

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