A WEEK after the UP government said it would hand over the probe into the alleged gangrape and death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras to the CBI, following outrage over the state police’s handling of the incident and hurried cremation of the victim’s body, the central agency Sunday formally took over the case.
The agency registered an FIR under sections of the IPC dealing with gangrape and murder, and those under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said that a team has been constituted and investigations have begun. Sources said the case has been handed over to the Ghaziabad unit of the agency.
“The CBI has today registered a case against an accused and taken over the investigation of the case… The complainant had alleged that on 14.09.2020, the accused tried to strangulate his sister in the millet field. The case has been registered by CBI on the request of UP government and further notification (from the central government),” CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said in a statement.
An official said the CBI’s FIR is a reproduction of the UP Police’s FIR, and mentions only one accused. “But as the investigation progresses, more arrests will be made,” the official said.
The 19-year old woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men on September 14. She died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29.
The UP Police had registered a case of attempt to murder based on a statement by the victim’s brother who, according to the FIR logged at Chandpa police station, said that the accused tried to strangulate his sister in a millet field and escaped when she raised an alarm.
The police had later filed 21 cases across the state against, among other charges, attempts to “incite caste and communal tension and defame the state government” using social media platforms and public meetings. The charges include sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.
This move came a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged “conspiracies” against his government by “those who want to incite caste and communal riots”.
The notification issued by the Centre, on the request of the state government, asked the CBI to probe charges of rape, murder and atrocity — and “any attempt, abetment and/or conspiracy, in relation to or in connection with such offence(s) and/or for any other offence committed in the course of the same transaction or arising out of the same facts”.
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