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Unnao rape case: Akhilesh sharpens attack on Adityanath govt

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Stepping up the attack on the BJP government in over the Unnao rape case, (SP) today held the state of police (DGP) and (Home) responsible for "shielding" the accused MLA of the ruling party.

"The DGP and the (Home) were shielding the accused. The entire country has seen how they were referring to him (the MLA) as 'mananiya' (honourable) at a press conference," the former minister told reporters at the SP office here.

"This government is perpetrating atrocities on the people and opposition party leaders," he alleged.

BJP MLA from Bangarmau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, is the prime accused in the Unnao rape case.

On whether he was satisfied with the (CBI) taking up the probe in the case, Yadav said, "I hope the truth will come to the fore."

"The tall claims of the on stand exposed with the Unnao incident. Even the (Allahabad) had to intervene. The government is guilty of not taking timely action," he added.

The SP had yesterday demanded action against the policemen for their handling of the Unnao rape case, a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the victim's family and a government job to the 17-year-old victim girl.

"The policemen involved in the incident should also be identified and punished. The victim's family should be given a Rs 50 lakh compensation and the victim should be given a government job, security, accommodation and other facilities," he had said.

Claiming that the people of the state were living in fear and feeling insecure, he had said, "After the (Allahabad) High Court's observation, it is proved that has collapsed in the state. The should take suo motu congnizance and recommend President's Rule in "

The CBI has taken over the probe in three cases related to the Unnao incident. The central probe agency arrested the accused BJP MLA yesterday, hours after the ordered his immediate arrest, saying he was influencing the "machinery".

Following a nationwide outcry over the incident, the had referred the cases lodged by the to the CBI.

The case came into the limelight after the victim attempted self-immolation outside Adityanath's residence on Sunday, alleging police inaction against Sengar.

The victim's father had died in judicial custody the next day, almost a week after he was reportedly thrashed by the MLA's brother and others.

A video, purportedly showing the girl's father before his death, has gone viral. Several television channels have also aired it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 15:50 IST