A probe panel of four BJP MPs on Monday visited the Kothi police station in Barabanki district where a 40-year-old Anganwadi worker died after being set ablaze allegedly by two policemen on July 6.
The four MPs — Ashwini Kumar Choubey (convener for the panel), Meenakshi Lekhi, M J Akbar and Arjun Ram Meghwal — also met the family members of the victim, Neetu Dwivedi.
The committee is likely to submit its report later this week.
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The victim’s family has alleged that Neetu was set on fire by the then SHO of Kothi police station, Rai Sahab Yadav, sub-inspector Akhilesh Rai, and three others after she refused their demand for a bribe to get her detained husband released. Both accused policemen have been suspended but no arrests have been made so far in the case.
Neetu’s family has been staging a dharna outside the Barabanki collectorate, demanding arrest of all the accused and a CBI inquiry. “The case (initially charging the accused of abetment to suicide) has not been converted into murder,” said the victim’s son, Santosh, a journalist with a Hindi daily. He added that the BJP MPs assured them of justice.
“The MPs also visited the victim’s village, the room inside the police station where she suffered burns, and inquired with the police officials who were present on the day the incident took place,” said BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak, who was there along with state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai.
The BJP, meanwhile, also latched on to senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur’s allegations of receiving threat from Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying that it showed how the ruling party was “abetting lawlessness from top to bottom”.
Hitting out at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who earlier in the day defended his father by saying that he (Mulayam) did nothing wrong by scolding the officer, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said the Chief Minister’s Office was “protecting” the criminals and harassing the common man.