Badaun case: UP DGP says rape of one of the two cousins not confirmed, SSP suspended
In a fresh twist to the Badaun gang-rape and murder case, Uttar Pradesh DGP AL Banerjee on Saturday said as per available inputs, rape of one of the victims found hanging from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun was not confirmed and property could be one of the motives behind the heinous incident.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In a fresh twist to the Badaun gang-rape and murder case, Uttar Pradesh DGP AL Banerjee on Saturday said as per available inputs, rape of one of the victims found hanging from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun was not confirmed and property could be one of the motives behind the heinous incident.
"Of the two victims, one was the lone child of her parents. Her father is one of three brothers with limited resources and if she was not alive, it could benefit others. It could be one of the motive. I am not saying that this is the motive," Banerjee told a press conference.
Notably, the preliminary investigations had suggested that both the girls were gang-raped.
Addressing a press conference, the UP DGP said several important facts have come to light in the incident after an examination was conducted by experts.
Referring to recovery of four beer bottles and two glasses from the spot, the UP DGP said, "It may be that the crime has another dimension. Those, who are being talked about, may not be involved. They may be released, but it depends on the investigation. We don`t think that one of the victim was raped."
The state DGP further said, "Badaun gang-rape can be a case of horror killing, although it is not confirm yet."
He, however, added that narco and lie detector tests will be conducted on all the accused involved in this horrific case.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has hit out at the UP government over the shocking statement made by the UP DGP, saying that it is a complete eyewash.
The BJP has also demanded resignation of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Badaun SP suspended
Meanwhile, the Akhilesh Yadav government has suspended Badaun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Atul Saxena and District Magistrate (DM) Shambhunath Yadav. Th state government also undertook a massive rejig involving 66 IAS and 42 IPS officers.
Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan, who faced a volley of questions from reporters here, said several facts have emerged in the Badaun incident and it would have been better if the administration had acted promptly.
"SP Badaun (Atul Saxena) has been suspended and decision has been taken to take action against the then district magistrate (Chandra Prakash). The new DM has taken charge only two days back," he said.
LR Kumar, SP (law and order) DGP headquarters, has been posted as new SP of Badaun district.
The decision to crack the whip was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and attended by Principal Secretary (Home) Deepak Sighal and DGP AL Banerjee.
Yesterday, a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe the incident which has managed to grab international headlines and has raised serious concerns about the precarious law and order situation in the state following a string of rapes.
The Badaun incident led to nationwide furore after two cousins, aged 14 and 15, went missing from their home and their bodies were later found hanging from a tree.
Later, it was suggested that they were gang-raped before being strangulated.
The victims` families had alleged that four men from the village had abducted the girls when they had gone out of their house at night to relieve themselves. They allege that the accused gang-raped the cousins before killing them and hanging them from a tree. Three of the accused belong to the same community as the state`s CM, Akhilesh Yadav; so are the two cops, who were also arrested after the families accused them of not acting on their complaint after the girls went missing.