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Hathras: Cremation at night due to extraordinary circumstances, UP govt tells SC

In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the government claimed the victim’s family was present for the cremation and “agreed to attend to avoid further violence”.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 6 Oct 2020 7:12 AM GMT

Hathras: Cremation at night due to extraordinary circumstances, UP govt tells SC
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The Uttar Pradesh government said it was forced to cremate the body of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was allegedly gangraped and murdered by four upper caste men, in the dead of the night on October 1 due to “extraordinary circumstances and a sequence of unlawful incidents”.

In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the government claimed the victim’s family was present for the cremation and “agreed to attend to avoid further violence”.

UP Government:

The Uttar Pradesh government's affidavit in the Sureme Court seeks to highlight "role of social media, certain sections of print and electronic media along with some sections of the political parties in making a deliberate and planned attempt to incite caste/communal riots in the state using the” incident."

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The state government also said that despite its “diligent probe” into the Hathras case, “different false narratives started gaining momentum at the behest of some vested interests”. It said it recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case to “ensure that no vested interests will be able to create a fake and false narrative with oblique motives”.

Supreme Court:

The apex court is Tuesday scheduled to take up for hearing a writ petition seeking a probe by the CBI. Or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman by four upper caste men.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde. Also, comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, will hear the case post noon. The petitioners also want the trial to be shifted to Delhi.

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FIR:

In the wake of the Hathras incident, the Uttar Pradesh police has filed 21 cases across the state. In addition, only six of which have been registered in the district. The FIRs are against attempts to “incite caste and communal tension and defame the state government” using social media platforms and public meetings. The charges include sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.

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The FIRs were filed on Monday, a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged “conspiracies” against his government by “those who want to incite caste and communal riots”. In a statement, the state DGP said the FIRs had been filed against individuals and organisations for forwarding fake information to incite people, violating Section 144 CrPC and Covid-19 guidelines among other charges.

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. Also, alleging criminal conspiracy to incite violence via the incident.

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The Hathras case

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.

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