Such is the clout of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his family, so complete their grip on the village of Makhi, barely 15 km from Unnao, that the girl and her family have refused to return home, saying they fear for their lives.
“The police conducted searches in our locality and questioned several people. Fearful of being implicated in the case, several youths fled to other places, hoping to return when calm too returns,” said resident Mohammad Ashraf.
The decision to start the process on the withdrawal was taken after a delegation of khap leaders from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, including BJP MP Sanjiv Balyan and the party’s Budhana MLA Umesh Malik, met Chief Minister Adityanath.
Later, based on Aqueel’s complaint, police registered an FIR against 36 named and 10 to 15 unidentified people on charges including rioting and criminal intimidation. The girl’s father, too, has lodged a complaint against Raees and his six relatives.