Hathras case: Chandrashekhar Azad meets victim’s family, demands probe under retired SC judge
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath ordered the Hathras case to be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
After the leaders of all parties, including Congress and SP, the Bhima Army chief Chandrashekhar also reached the victim's village. Chandrasekhar, after meeting the victim's family, demanded Y-category security for the victim's family.
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad:
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Sunday met the kin of the alleged 19-year-old gangrape victim in Hathras and demanded Y-category security for them. “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.”
Earlier in the day, Azad was stopped by UP police personnel while he was on his way to visit the village.
Commenting on the police’s lathicharge on Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) members on Sunday, Hathras Sadar SDM Prakash Meena said that mild force had to be used after the workers started misbehaving with women personnel and broke barricades.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who were on Thursday stopped en route to Hathras, managed to reach the village on Saturday and spent an hour with the kin of the deceased. “She (Priyanka) sat with me, asked me about my daughter, how she died, what happened on September 14…. She asked about her cremation,” the victim’s mother said after the Congress leaders left.
UP CM transfers Hathras case to CBI
On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath ordered the Hathras case to be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The Chief Minister also ordered the suspension of five police officers, including the district's Police Superintendent (SP) Vikrant Vir for the midnight funeral. A 3-member SIT is currently probing the case and will submit its report within a week.
Meanwhile, UP govt on Sunday filed an FIR under various sections of the IPC alleging criminal conspiracy to incite violence via the incident.
The Hathras case
Reports until Friday stated that the 19-year-old woman had been gangraped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14 in a field, leaving her in a critical condition. When her condition worsened, she was referred to AIIMS. But was admitted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi last Monday with spinal cord injuries. Also, paralysis, and cuts in her tongue. She succumbed at around 3 am on Tuesday. The case is currently the subject of a huge amount of protest, with political parties also involved.
The autopsy report said the cause of death of the victim was trauma. Due to a neck injury and didn't mention rape, following which the UP ADG had contended the same. Videos of the victim's mother as well as the original complaint said she had been strangled. Also, named the person who did it, not mentioning rape.