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At wife’s funeral, Unnao woman’s uncle alleges BJP MLA eliminated his family

The aunt’s husband, who was granted short-term bail by the Allahabad High Court to attend his wife’s last rites, was brought to the Ganga ghat from the Rae Bareli district jail.

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Unnao | Updated: August 1, 2019 5:00:30 am
Unnao case, unnao rape case, Unnao Rape Victim Accident, unnao rape case accused, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, unnao case opposition, unnao case up government, unnao case parliament, yogi adityanath, indian express, rae bareli accident Outside the Critical Care Unit of the King George’s Medical University Trauma Centre in Lucknow, where the the 19-year-old rape victim is in critical condition. (Express photo by Maulshree Seth)

Amid a blanket of police cover, relatives cremated the aunt of the 19-year-old Unnao rape victim on the banks of the Ganga on Wednesday. She was killed in Sunday’s road accident in Rae Bareli, in which the rape victim suffered serious injuries.

The aunt’s husband, who was granted short-term bail by the Allahabad High Court to attend his wife’s last rites, was brought to the Ganga ghat from the Rae Bareli district jail.

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Though he was not allowed to speak to reporters, he burst out as he was being taken back to the police vehicle. “My entire family has been eliminated. I have been framed in fake cases… Kuldeep Singh Sengar has got everything done. I have all the evidence,” he said.

Incidentally, the UP Police FIR against BJP MLA Sengar was registered on the basis of her uncle’s complaint.

The victim’s other aunt, who was also killed in the accident, is likely to be cremated in her hometown in Barabanki on Thursday. The woman, her aunts and lawyer were en route to the Rae Bareli district jail to visit her uncle when their car was hit by a speeding truck.

Unnao rape victim’s uncle holds cremation of his wife at Pakka Ghat in Unnao on Wednesday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

The aunt’s body, on Wednesday, was brought to the village from King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow to her residence, just 100 metres from the residence of the BJP MLA who has been accused of sexually assaulting the 19-year-old girl.

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Despite a bus being arranged by the district administration to bring residents to the cremation ground, there were hardly 20 people, including the victim’s mother, her sisters and her brother, during the funeral.

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Police did not allow locals and mediapersons to speak to the family. District Magistrate Devendra Pandey, Superintendent of Police M P Verma and other officials were present at the site as well.

Security personnel deployed at the cremation ground in Unnao. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

After the funeral, the victim’s family returned to the KGMU Trauma Centre in Lucknow where the condition of the 19-year-old remains critical. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old local said that he and his family members did not attend the cremation. “It is not like that we are in good terms with the victim’s family, but just like most of the villagers, we find it better to stay away from all this. I will not deny that we are scared. In a different situation, we all would have attended the funeral,” the villager said.

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