Taking over investigations into the May 28 incident in Badaun where two girls were found hanging from a mango tree after being allegedly raped, the CBI on Saturday questioned a doctor of the three-member team which conducted the post-mortem examination.
Last week, Uttar Pradesh DGP A L Banerjee said one of the two girls, who were cousins, “may not have been raped” and that they were hanged after their death. This appeared to contradict the post-mortem reports, which stated that “perineal findings were suggestive of rape” and cause of death was “asphyxia from ante mortem hanging”.
The CBI officers questioned Dr Pushpa Pant Tripathi of the gynaecology department of Badaun hospital, the only woman in the post-mortem panel, to understand the apparent contradictions.
The three-member team comprised a physician, a surgeon and a gynaecologist. No forensic medicine specialist was in the team.
Sources said the gynaecologist gave details of “physical evidence”, including genital injuries, which led to the conclusion of the girls being raped, and post-mortem staining in the body which confirmed death after hanging. She is said to have told the CBI team that no external injuries were found on the bodies of the girls. A video of the post-mortem proceedings was submitted to the CBI team.
The CBI also questioned the Uttar Pradesh SIT and the then Circle Officer Ganga Singh Yadav. The SIT, sources said, told the CBI about a possible third location, near a mint patch, in the sequence of events on May 27 evening when the girls went missing.
This third spot was brought to SIT notice earlier this week when the main accused was taken to the village to help the police reconstruct the incident.
“He was first taken to his uncle’s house where he slept that night, then to his own home. He took police to a spot near the fields owned by the girls’ family, beneath a tree where eyewitness Babu Ram claimed he saw the accused dragging the girls. He confirmed he had a scuffle with Babu Ram but says the latter left with the girls thereafter,” a source said.
“The accused said he used to meet the older of the two girls, who was his friend, near the mint patch. It is not very far from the field owned by her family. He claimed he was returning that evening with the girl and her cousin when Babu Ram spotted them and confronted them. He said he ran home after the scuffle and did not inform his family,” the source said.
Another source said the main accused told police that the girl had continued…