The questioning was on at the time of going to press at 11.30 pm. Sources confirmed that Najru’s polygraph test was completed during this period along with the questioning. CBI officials did not give the reason for his sustained questioning on Thursday night.
Najru, a neighbour of the two cousins, was a close associate of the family and according to the family members he had been “like an uncle” to the girls. He was the eyewitness mentioned by the cousins’ fathers in the FIR filed at the Katra Sadatganj police chowki in Usait in Badaun.
Najru had claimed to have seen the youngest of the three accused brothers dragging the girls on May 27 evening, when he had gone to check his fields. There were 4-5 others whom he could not identify in the dark. He had claimed when he had tried to save the girls, the accused threatened him with a gun, forcing him to flee. The accused in his statement had said he had gone to meet the elder cousin, who was his friend. He said he was returning with the girl and her sister, they ran into Najru after which there was a scuffle between the two. He claimed that Najru then took the girls with him.
In the CBI enquiries last week, it also emerged that Najru and the cousins’ real uncle had received Rs 1 lakh each in their grameen bank accounts in Badaun from the cousins’ fathers out of the compensation money received by different quarters. The cousins’ fathers had admitted to giving the eyewitnesses this money, explaining that since they were family, and could not do their farming work since they were helping them in the case, it was natural for them to help them.
Last week, family members had also handed over a broken mobile phone, which reportedly belonged to the elder cousin. Although villagers and eyewitness had claimed seeing the mobile on the body of the elder cousin, it soon went missing. The mobile was later recovered from the maternal uncle of one of the cousins.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.