Families of the two cousins from Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun district, who were found hanging from a tree on May 28, staged a dharna around the same tree to protest against UP Director General of Police A L Banerjee’s statements about a possible new angle to the crime. They alleged of being threatened everyday and demanded that the CBI take over the probe at the earliest.
Accusing the police of threatening them, father of one of the victims said, “We want the matter to be probed by the CBI. The police refused to register a case when we first went to them; two police officials are accused in the case and now they are trying to frame us and our relatives.”
Banerjee had on Saturday said that rape of one of the girls was not confirmed by forensic experts and that property could be a motive behind the murder. “One of the victims was a only child. Her father has three brothers who have limited resources. In case she is not alive, it can benefit others. It (property) can be one of the motives. I am not saying that this is the motive,” he had said in Lucknow.
Refuting the DGP’s claim that property could be a motive behind the crime, the father of one of the victims said that he had three and a half bighas of land which was not transferable to his daughter. “The land did not belong to my daughter. If she had been alive and I would have got her married, the property would not gone to her or her in-laws. The land belongs to my brothers and me, and they have a right on it after me,” he claimed.