The CBI on Sunday reportedly picked the fathers of the two Badaun rape-and-murder victims for interrogation, a week after it emerged that they had transferred Rs 1 lakh each to the bank accounts of the main eyewitnesses.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the mother of the younger girl said CBI officials landed at their home in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun on Sunday morning.
“The officers asked my husband and younger brother-in-law, who also lost his daughter in the incident, to accompany them. We do not know where exactly they have gone, but I heard my husband say they wanted to do some pooch-taach (questioning). I have no idea when they will be back,” she said.
Last week, it had been reported that the fathers of the two girls — whose bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village after being raped —had paid Rs 1 lakh each to their neighbour Babu Ram alias Najru, as well as their third brother, a witness before CBI.
The money had reportedly been paid from the Rs 5 lakh compensation the family accepted from the BSP.
The victims house bore a desolate look on Sunday —a picture of the two girls hanging from the tree, along with a note on women’s rights pasted on the wooden door. Outside, a group of state policemen sat on a charpoy.
The younger victim’s mother sat in the courtyard along with the other women huddled around her. “I don’t know why they have taken my husband. Have we already not seen enough?,” she asked.
“It’s a difficult time for us. And the CBI is taking away my family members while the accused has openly threatened us. How is this justified? The accused family goes about saying their son will go scot free as he is a minor.”