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Dalit killings: Mother of infants corroborates husband’s statement to police

Sources said the magistrate has sealed Rekha’s statement and will be submitting it in court as part of the procedure.

The mother of the two infants who were burnt alive in Sunpedh village has corroborated her husband Jitender’s statement to the police in which he had alleged that they were attacked early on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Haryana police on Thursday arrested three more suspects named by Jitender in his complaint. With this, seven of the accused are now in custody.

Rekha, 23, who suffered 30 per cent burns, is still recovering in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital where doctors said her condition was stable. Jitender who suffered injuries to his hands and foot, was shifted to a hospital in Ballabhgarh after he complained of exhaustion and dehydration. The couple’s infants, Vaibhav, 3, and nine-month-old Divya were killed in the attack.

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Sources in the Haryana police said Rekha, in her statement to a magistrate on Wednesday evening, corroborated her husband’s version. “She told the magistrate that her family was attacked in the middle of the night while they were asleep. She said she did not know who was behind the attack, and said her husband may know the names of the perpetrators,” a senior police officer  told The Indian Express.

“Though I have not received a copy of her statement, I have learnt that this is what she told the magistrate. It is now for the CBI to find out if she was  saying the truth or not. Her condition is stable. She may recover from her injuries,” he said.

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Jitender has named 11 Rajputs from Sunpedh village, seven of whom have since been arrested. “The investigation is going on. No details can be divulged at this point of time. The injured woman is in hospital and under treatment. I don’t have any details about her statement to the magistrate,” said Faridabad’s Police Commissioner Subhash Yadav.

Sources said the magistrate has sealed Rekha’s statement and will be submitting it in court as part of the procedure.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday visited Sunpedh village, where he met the family of the victims as well as those charged with the crime.

“We want the investigation done properly. But with great regret, I have to say that some parties are trying to politicise this incident… It should not be given a political or casteist colour,” said Khattar.

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