Cong for judicial probe into Bhatta Parsaul case
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 21:19
Lucknow: Demanding a judicial inquiry into charges of ill-treatment of women in Bhatta Parsaul, the Congress' Uttar Pradesh unit today said NHRC findings reportedly ruling out rape of women by policemen were based on evidence provided by the state government.

"The NHRC does not have a separate investigating agency of its own and only sends its team which collects evidence from the state government and the report on Bhatta Parsaul incident is also based on the facts provided by the state," UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters here.

The Congress leader said "there is no dispute" on charges of misbehaviour with girls and atrocities on the locals which forced several of them to flee.

"On the basis of the version of the villagers as well as evidence presented by them, prima facie atrocities were committed and a probe by an independent agency or judicial inquiry would bring out the truth," she said.

She stressed that after the NHRC report, the state government "should not have any problem in ordering judicial inquiry".

To a question on whether the NHRC report on Bhatta Parsaul and ordering of an inquiry into the assets of its chairman K G Balakrishnan could be linked, the UPCC president said that "prima facie media can draw inference though I would not raise a finger on it".

On Lakhimpur Kheri incident, where a teenage girl's body was found hanging in Nighasan police station compound, Joshi said, "There were injury marks on the body of the girl... her family including mother have been alleging rape ..

What can be the cause of murder if it was not rape?"

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in farmers-police clashes and firing in Bhatta Parsaul village last month and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, after a visit to the village, had claimed that women had been raped, people thrashed and houses destroyed in the violence.


First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 21:19

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