Updated: August 29, 2016 12:16:47 pm
Supreme Court on Monday sought explanation from Uttar Pradesh minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for calling Bulandshahr gangrape a ‘political conspiracy’.
Earlier in the month, Azam Khan had said that the Bulandshahr gangrape incident was a political conspiracy to defame the government. He said that with the elections near the desperate opposition could stoop to any level. “We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame the government. People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests,” the minister said.
Following his remarks, the minor victim in the case had also moved the apex court seeking FIR against Khan and erring police officers.
The incident took place, on July morning, when a Noida-based private sector employee, his wife, two daughters and two other male relatives were on their way to attend a funeral in Shahjahanpur, when their vehicle was stopped near Dostpur village on NH-91 at around 2:30 am. The family told the police that the road had been blocked with an “iron rod”, due to which they were forced to stop the vehicle.
As soon as they had stopped the vehicle, about half-a-dozen armed dacoits had reportedly surrounded them. According to the FIR, the dacoits had forced the family to walk into the thickets, about 50 metres from the highway, and looted their cash, jewellery, ATM cards and other valuables. They then had allegedly dragged the woman and her daughter some distance away and raped them, while holding the male members of the family at gunpoint.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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