Murdered girl`s parents demand CBI probe

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 23:27

Lakhimpur: Parents of the murdered
Lakhimpur girl on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into the incident,
hours after Chief Minister Mayawati said she has no objection
to a such an inquiry if the victim`s family wants.

The father and mother of the 14-year-old girl gave in
writing to local Congress MP Zafar Ali Naqvi seeking a CBI
inquiry into the alleged rape and murder of their daughter.

The victim`s body was found hanging inside the Nighasan
police station in the district on Friday, sparking protests
from opposition parties which demanded nothing short a CBI
probe.

The letter was forwarded to the district magistrate for
further action and in his covering note Naqvi demanded that
the state government should order a CBI inquiry within 24
hours, the MP`s aide Saif Ali Khan said.

The written demand came barely a couple of hours after
Mayawati announced that the state government has no objection
to a CBI inquiry if the girl`s family member wanted.

"If the family of the victim wants a CBI or any other
inquiry, my government has no objection. The only fear is that
in case of CBI inquiry the probe may get messed up like in the
Aarushi murder case," Mayawati said in Lucknow.

The victim`s parents said in the letter that they have no
faith in any investigating agency other than the CBI.

The copy of the letter was faxed to the Chief Minister and
the Director General of Police, Khan said.

Following the written demand, District Magistrate Sameer
Verma and SP Amit Chandra rushed to Nighasan to have talks
with the girl`s family members. An investigating team of the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC), meanwhile, recorded statements of the three
doctors who conducted the first autopsy of the girl, which had
ruled out murder.

The doctors who had performed the first autopsy - A K
Agarwal, S P Singh and A K Sharma - have already been placed
under suspension by the state government.

In Lucknow, Special Director General of Police Brij Lal
said two policemen accused of tampering evidence were
absconding after reports that they have been identified for
the murder.

He again ruled out rape and said no such incident was
mentioned in the second post mortem conducted by a panel of
expert doctors from Lucknow.

"Unless the accused is arrested, the motive behind the
crime cannot be established," he said answering a question.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 23:27

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