Cong for judicial probe into Bhatta Parsaul case

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.

PTI



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

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