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Unnao rape case: UP govt decides to hand over probe to CBI

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The government late tonight decide to hand over to the CBI the probe into the Unnao rape case in which a BJP MLA is among the accused, on a day when he made a dramatic appearance before the police but refused to surrender.

Facing heat and growing outrage over the alleged involvement of MLA in the rape of an 18-year-old girl, the also decided to register an FIR against the and the other accused.

"An FIR be lodged under appropriate sections considering the allegations of rape levied on MLA and others and the investigation be handed over to CBI," the (Information) said in an statement.

The government has also recommended a CBI probe into the death of the victim's father.

"Investigation in to cross cases pertaining to incidents leading to the death of the victim's father be also handed over to the CBI," the statement read.

The decisions were taken after the Special Investigation Team constituted under of Police (zone) to look into the matter submitted its report to the government.

The development came hours after the sought the Yogi Adityanath-led state government's stand on the incident on a letter to the court by detailing the case and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a dramatic late night development, Sengar made a surprise appearance outside the SSP's residence, triggering speculation that he might surrender, but left the place without handing himself over to the police.

"I came here to show to the media that I am not absconding, and I am very much in I am here, tell me what to do," a visibly unrepentant Sengar told reporters.

He said, "I am a I am innocent. I am being implicated."

BJP MLA from Bairia in Ballia district Surendra Singh made a shocking remark while defending Sengar.

He said, Tell me who will rape a mother of three? He is being falsely implicated."

Earlier in the day, Sangeeta Sengar, the wife of the accused MLA demanded narco tests on her husband and also the 18-year-old victim, who alleged confinement by local authorities.

The latched on to the case to hit out at the BJP government with wondering if would observe a fast on the alleged rape and death of the complainant's father in custody, which he said "has shamed humanity".

The victim, who had tried to immolate herself outside the chief minister's house just a day before her 50-year-old father died on Monday, alleged that she has been confined to a hotel room by the district administration, leaving her "without a phone or water and guards at every corner".

She also accused the MLA's brother and their henchmen of killing her elder uncle earlier. "I want justice, why are they putting pressure on me for an apology? Do they want my (another) uncle to be killed too?" she told TV channels.

A purported video of the alleged rape survivor's father before his death also went viral and was shown by several TV channels, in which he alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up by the MLA's brother and others, including with rifle butts. It also showed the deceased person's back with serious wounds, but its veracity could not be ascertained.

In the state capital, Sangeeta Sengar, the wife of the accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, told reporters after meeting state O P Singh that there was a political conspiracy against her family and accused the complainant of not being consistent in her statements.

"We demand that a narco test be conducted on my husband and the girl as well as her uncle. This will help in ascertaining the truth and presenting the correct picture. There are political reasons behind this and my husband has been made a pawn," said. The narco analysis test is a type of psychological investigation.

"My husband is innocent and it is my request that he should not be called a rapist. He has been in politics for the past 15 years and has been serving the society and people," she said, adding that her daughters were unable to concentrate on their studies in the wake of this incident.

She said the allegations against her Atul, who was arrested yesterday, were false too.

The MLA's wife, as also the alleged rape survivor, have demanded a CBI probe into the entire matter.

The party demanded the dismissal of the chief minister, alleging that his government was a "Ravan" regime which has failed to protect women.

Taking a swipe at the prime minister's proposed hunger strike over the non-functioning of Parliament, separately tweeted, "The barbarism inflicted on a father seeking justice for his daughter in has shamed humanity. Hope the will soon observe a fast over atrocities against women, failed law and order and increasing anarchy under the BJP's watch."

The also posted a purported video in which the woman's father is seen speaking against the BJP MLA.

In the Supreme Court, a bench of and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would hear a plea next week for a CBI probe. The plea also alleged that the woman's father was tortured and killed in police custody at the behest of the "ruling party" in the state.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 01:50 IST