Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh claims was in Kanpur

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 11:00

BJP sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed to top leadership that both Singh and Ganga should be made to resign from the party.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the Unnao rape case, is all set to take accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to Unnao on Sunday afternoon with the agency producing the co-accused Shashi Singh for taking her in remand too.

Three cases have been filed against the party legislator under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

The next day, her father, who had been in police custody, died from injuries he sustained in an alleged beating.

Ganga and Singh had earlier hit out at the police for arresting "one or the other person at will" in connection with the case.

Last week, Sengar was taken into seven-day police custody after a 17-hour interrogation session.

"It (case) was given to local police".

PDP leader and state minister Naeem Akhtar said the party appreciated the "support and solidarity" that people have shown for the eight-year-old Kathua girl.

The girl was kidnapped, drugged and repeatedly raped over five days - including inside a Hindu temple - before being strangled and beaten with a rock. A misunderstanding took place, they should have been more alert.

The case has heightened fears of communal tensions in the region.

Right-wing outfit Hindu Ekta Manch had taken out protest march demanding the release of the SPO.

Accusing PDP-BJP coalition government for prevailing worst ever socio-political turbulence and instability in the state, Chairman PDF and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen has said that it was only due to outrage from justice loving civil society groups at worldwide and national levels that the Government awoke from three months deep slumber to seek resignation from two of its Ministers accused of obstructing justice in heart wrenching Asifa rape and murder case. We resigned so that peace is maintained in the country.

"We have been asked to either keep silent or leave the village quietly", the uncle said in Unnao, about 60 km from here.

"When we heard the people, they told us since investigation changed hands thrice they don't trust and they demanded CBI probe".

She also said that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard.

When Asifa's body was brought to a nearby village, a group of youths, allegedly belonging to the Hindu right-wing had disallowed her burial in the graveyard owned by her family and relatives. The girl is around 11 years old.

Protests and vigils were held Sunday in some parts of India including Delhi, the financial capital Mumbai and southern Kerala state.