The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case of the two Dalit children who were burnt alive in Sunpedh village, from the Faridabad police on Thursday.
The CBI has also registered a case of murder against 11 persons in connection with the incident that took place on the intervening night of October 19-20. The development comes a week after the Haryana government demanded a CBI probe under pressure from the children’s family.
Faridabad police had earlier registered a case against 11 men from the Rajput community, of which seven have been arrested so far. According to official sources, a team of 15 CBI officials reached Sunpedh Village at 12:50 pm on Thursday.
The team, headed by a DIG-level officer Umesh Chandra Dutt, investigated for over three hours the room where the incident took place, and also recorded the statement of Jitender, the father of the two children.
Others who investigated the crime scene on Thursday were Superintendent of Police (SP) Balaji Raju, Assistant SP R N Pathak, three DSPs, two inspectors and a team from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL).
“A team of agency officials reached the crime scene on Thursday and collected forensic evidence. They spent hours inside the room and no one was allowed while they were inspecting the crime scene. They later came out and spoke to Jitender,” said Manish, Jitender’s cousin.
According to village sources, the CBI team collected samples from the room including clothes, a burnt bedsheet that was lying on the bed and pieces of burnt wood from the bed, the window from where an ‘inflammable substance’ was allegedly thrown into the room, reportedly by member of Rajput caste.
Sources said that apart from Jitender, the CBI officials took statements of Jai Chand —Jitender’s uncle, Chatrapal — whose plot was allegedly encroached upon by Balwant, the main accused and Ram Prasad, Jitender’s neighbour. Others named in the complaint are Jagat, Edal, Naunihal, Joginder. They are yet to be arrested.
A Special Investigation Team was constituted by the district administration immediately after the incident. The team headed by a DCP ranked official, with two ACPs and two inspectors, also accompanied the CBI team on Thursday.