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Badaun rape case: Rain holds up exhumation operation

The place where the two girls are buried. (Source: IE photo byPraveen Khanna) The place where the two girls are buried. (Source: IE photo by Praveen Khanna)
By: Press Trust of India | Badaun | Posted: July 19, 2014 8:52 pm | Updated: July 20, 2014 2:43 am

A ten-hour-long operation to exhume the bodies of the two murder victims, carried out by Badaun district authorities, was unsuccessful on Saturday as the rising Ganga and rainfall hampered the process.

“We have failed in the operation due to adverse weather conditions. We tried our best with local resources but the rising Ganga made it impossible for us to continue,” Mann Singh Chauhan, Badaun district SSP, said.

Police said the bodies are intact, and they will now rope in specialised agencies for help. Local authorities had undertaken the operation with help from the irrigation and flood control departments.

“The situation will be reviewed on Sunday morning. The district administration is contacting UP bridge construction corporation for advanced equipment,” a CBI spokesperson said.

About 50 labourers from a nearby village were called in after river water submerged the graves Saturday morning. The labourers constructed a temporary tent at the burial site and a contingency plan was implemented to protect it from submerging further. Sandbags were put up along the boundary of the graves and a pump was installed to remove excess water.

An official said overnight rainfall submerged the site approximately four feet. After two hours of pumping water, the operation was stopped as diesel ran out. At 5 pm, the process resumed but rising water stalled the process, after which asbestos sheets were placed as barricades. Around 7 pm, the operation was called off for the day.

While villagers were not allowed at the site, the father of the deceased was present.

“Authorities do not have adequate resources, they should have brought better equipment,” Virender, the brother of the deceased, said.

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