Updated: October 20, 2021 7:50:21 am
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday dismissed Deputy Superintendent of Police Amresh Kumar Singh Baghel from service. He was arrested last month on various charges, including abetment of suicide of a rape survivor and her friend, who had set themselves on fire outside the Supreme Court on August 6 and succumbed to their burns subsequently.
The 24-year-old woman had accused BSP MP Atul Rai of raping her in 2018.
In a Facebook Live just moments before setting themselves on fire, the two had alleged that some officers of UP Police were supporting the BSP MP, who is currently in jail, and harassing them.
Police said, Baghel, who was then the circle officer of Bhelupur in Varanasi, had submitted an inquiry report in the rape case which favoured the accused BSP MP.
Further, according to sources, Baghel had stated in his report that the woman had conspired with others to frame Rai in a false case.
The woman had named the officer on Facebook Live video before setting herself on fire.
“The state government has dismissed Amresh Kumar Singh Baghel from his services,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awaneesh Kumar Awasthi. A native of Deoria, Baghel was promoted to the rank of DySP last year. However, months later, he was suspended for “dereliction of duty”.
On September 30, Varanasi police arrested Baghel after filing a case against him on abetment and other charges at Lanka police station.
The state government formed a two-member panel in August to look into the allegations levelled by the woman in the video. On August 26, Lucknow police registered an FIR against former IPS officer Amitabh Thakur and Rai for abetment to suicide and other charges. Thakur was arrested the same day.
On May 1, 2019, the woman got an FIR lodged against Rai for allegedly raping her at his residence in Varanasi in March 2018. She also alleged that Rai had filmed the assault and threatened to circulate the video clip on social media.
In November last year, an FIR was filed in Varanasi against the woman for allegedly forging documents. The complainant, Pawan Kumar, who is the brother of Rai, alleged that the high school which the woman produced before the police had some discrepancies with regard to her date of birth.
Kumar alleged that in 2015, the woman lodged a molestation complaint against a student leader and high school marksheet which she produced then showed her date of birth as March 10, 1997. However, four years later (in 2019), when she got a rape case registered against Rai, the marksheet that she submitted mentioned her date of birth was mentioned as June 10, 1997.
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