The agitation and protests against the Uttar Pradesh administration over handling of the Hathras gangrape and murder case continued on Sunday. Though Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already recommended a CBI probe into the case, the opposition including Congress is adamant on judicial inquiry. The day also saw Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad visiting the victim's family and demanding a Supreme Court judge monitored probe in the case. He also said that the family was not safe in the village. These developments took place a day after Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had met victim's family in Hathras to show solidarity. Also, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday recorded statements of victim's family members.
As protests and politics rages over the Hathras gangrape and murder case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a statement hit out at the opposition and all those who are indulging in politics, said that a conspiracy is being planned to incite caste-driven communal violence in the state with intention to stop the development drive.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said he wants to take the victim's family with him saying their is threat to their security in Hathras.
After meeting victim's family, Azad said, "I demand 'Y security' for the family or I'll take them to my house, they aren't safe here. We want an inquiry to be done under the supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge".
Azad also said that they do not trust government and CBI inquiry adding that the Panchayat is being conducted in favour of the accused.
I was in UP where a daughter was killed. No action taken against those who killed her. Family whose daughter was killed is locked up in their house. DM & CM threatened them. Such is the situation in India. Nothing happens to criminal but action taken against victim: Rahul Gandhi.
Be it CBI or any other agency, we just want justice for our daughter, say victim's parents.
Samajwadi party workers pelt stones, block roads in Hathras, lathicharged by police.
- A medical team arrives at the residence of the victim of #Hathras incident, on the request of Special Invesigation Team (SIT) following a deterioration in the health of her father.
- Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal visits the alleged gangrape incident site.
The case reminded of the horrors of the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder, triggering nationwide outrage and anger against the Uttar Pradesh Police. The girl, raped on September 14, died of her griveous injuries in the early hours of Tuesday at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital. Things only turned worse thereon. She was cremated in the dead of night near her home on Wednesday. Her family, who wished to see her and perform last rituals, alleged that the local police hurriedly conducted the rites on their own while they were locked up in the house.
On Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suspended Hathras SP Vikrant Vir and four other policemen. Officials said the action has been taken on the basis of a preliminary inquiry report of the SIT. Besides Vikrant Vir, the other suspended policemen included Circle Officer Ramshabd, Inspector Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sub-Inspector Jagveer Singh and Head Constable Mahesh Pal. Shamli SP Vineet Jaiswal was transferred to Hathras.
IPS Association upset
Sources have revealed that the IPS Association in the state is upset over the action on police officials. Voicing their disappointment, the association said that decisions on any matter are not solely made by the police but the entire district administration. The association has raised serious questions over inaction over DM's role, sources told India TV.
Mayawati backs IPS Association's demand
In a tweet, BSP chief Mayawati said the victim's family has alleged allegations, including that of threatening, against district magistrate of the district. "Despite the allegations, UP government's mysterious silence is sad and worrying both. Although govt wants CBI probe, but how will a fair probe be carried out till the DM remains. People are in doubt."