Badaun gangrape: Akhilesh govt will seek CBI probe; Rahul visits victims’ families, Maya follows today

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who visited the village of two dalit sisters on Saturday, also supported the family's demand for CBI probe.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: June 1, 2014 8:49 am
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav. (Source:Express photo by  Vishal Srivastav)	Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday decided to recommend a CBI investigation into the Badaun rape-murder, bowing to the demand of the parents of the Dalit teenage victims.

The decision, taken during a review meeting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had with top officials, was announced in a press note issued by the CM’s information department in the evening. The recommendation for a probe by the CBI would be sent to the central government soon, the note said.

A PIL seeking a CBI probe was filed at the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court by an NGO, We the People, whose lawyer general secretary Prince Lenin said the plea would be heard on June 3.

Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the families of the victims, and the spot where the bodies were found hanging from a mango tree on Wednesday morning. He was accompanied by party general secretary Madhusudan Mistry and UP Congress president Nirmal Khatri.

“The families of the girls told me that they can’t be compensated with money. (They said that) money won’t bring them (the girls) back, and that they wanted justice. They also said that locals were involved, and that the UP Police cannot give them justice,” Rahul told reporters.

He said he agreed that the CBI should inquire, “but what is more important than a CBI inquiry is that justice should be delivered. Those who have committed this deed should know that such an act cannot be done in India”.
Khatri said should the Akhilesh government fail to recommend a CBI probe within 24 hours, he would sit on an indefinite dharna at the Gandhi statue in Lucknow.

Two other accused, head constable Chhatrapal Singh and prime accused Pappu Yadav’s brother Uresh Yadav, were arrested on Saturday, and were remanded in judicial custody.

Additional SP, City, Man Singh Chauhan said five accused named in the case had been arrested so far. Brothers Pappu and Awadhesh Yadav, and constable Sarvesh Yadav, had been arrested earlier. All the accused had been kept in Badaun district jail, the officer said.

Chief Development Officer Uday Raj Singh, who is currently in charge as district magistrate of Badaun, said the administration was yet to receive the cheques for Rs 5 lakh announced by the government as compensation for the relatives of each of the two victims.

BSP chief Mayawati will, meanwhile, visit the families of the girls on Sunday. This will be her first meeting with the public in over seven years — and will follow her party’s unprecedented rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to a BSP statement, Mayawati had decided to “herself visit the aggrieved family on Sunday afternoon to share their grief and help them in getting justice”.

The statement said Mayawati had sent BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya to the village earlier, and had found that “the administration and police were indifferent to the victims’ families’ problems”, and that there was “fear and anger among the villagers”.

Mayawati has not travelled to meet any individual or family since 2007, when she became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Her interaction with the people has only been through rallies and speeches. Before becoming CM, she had visited the families of the victims of the Nithari murders.

 

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    75sputnik
    May 31, 2014 at 9:56 pm
    yeah b's all..e to gather votes.
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    B J
    May 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm
    Justice doesn't stop at all the victims compensated and culprits hanged.... The up govt must go and the center with the help of governor puts a m strategy to tackle this menace starting with up and Bihar. No more discussions..everyone social workers govt media and entire country comeout and support the m change..
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    sarit
    Jun 1, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Akhilesh Yadav is slowly following Rahul hi to become most ridiculous politician of India...do you need a CBI probe when there is witnesses and all the culprits are identified? it will just make the prosecution dela...CBI probe is actually needed to know why SP leaders are supporting or taking soft-hands on rapists...
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    Girish
    May 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    if hindi were to be transliterated in roman english, the place would be written as 'Badayun', not 'Badaun'.
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    ahirwan
    Jun 5, 2014 at 5:12 am
    Nothing less than CASTRATION of the male culprits would meet the standards of Justice where a female has been violated . Incidentally,the excuse of 'consent' is a male excuse for perpetrating a rape. Even under marital status a Woman has the right to 'say no'. To force anyone into submission by force is a crime. Too many rapes in India go unnoticed or are slipped under the carpet.Ironically under the British occupation RAPE was dealt with by the local youth who ganged up and ambushed the perpetrators bludgeoning them to death
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    KAmarnathr KR
    May 31, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    gender ratio in Uttar Prades: for every 1000 males there are 920 females. If we do the math and translate for a potion of 200 million, this will look ugly( the ratio is still worse in Delhi/Haryana/Rajasthan).if this does not lead to pressure on female potion, what else?What is needed for Uttar Pradesh (and most north indian states) is Fixing the gender ratio. That means bring awareness amongst people to not kill their girl child or abort female fetuses.till then, we people need to ask our female relatives, friends to avoid traveling to north indian region which has terribly skewed gender ratio.
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    dragonfly
    Jun 1, 2014 at 4:15 am
    hehe... Peepli Live? Jokers!!
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    rampgianani
    May 31, 2014 at 11:11 am
    Why rahul hi did not meet their partner Mulyam Singh Yadav before meeting the victims.
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