UP: Murdered girl`s family again wants CBI probe

A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered inside a police station in Lakhimpur.

Lakhimpur: A fresh application for a CBI probe was on Thursday submitted to the authorities by the parents of a 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and murdered inside a police station here.

The parents of the victim, whose body was found hanging inside the police station premises in Nighasan town, submitted the application addressed to Chief Minister

The application was handed over to sub-divisional magistrate of Nighasan Rajit Ram Prajapati and SDM of Pallia CP Tiwari this afternoon, officials said, adding that it has been forwarded to the government through the district magistrate.

The girl`s parents had yesterday given in writing to local Congress MP Zafar Ali Naqvi seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident hours after Mayawati said she had no objection to such an inquiry if the victim`s family wants.

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

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

Though the first application was forwarded to the district administration, it was reportedly turned down on the ground that it should have been directly submitted by the girl`s parents.

Meanwhile, the CB-CID is yet to submit its preliminary report to the state government, which has been directed by the Allahabad High Court to apprise it by tomorrow of the
status of probe into the incident. The order issued by the Lucknow bench of the High Court came on a petition filed by a local lawyer seeking direction for a CBI probe into the case.

"There are lot many aspects which have to be looked into before submitting a report. The CB-CID may ask for further time from the government," a senior officer said when
asked about the court`s directive.

Meanwhile, with an eye on the Assembly Elections in the state early next year, opposition Congress and BJP stepped up their attack on the ruling BSP on the issue.

State Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said it was "another example of how law and order has collapsed in the state".

Condemning the incident, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said it appeared that the state police has started "following the footsteps" of BSP leaders and MLAs who do not hesitate in taking law in their hands.

Pathak said, "The rise in the crime graph clearly indicates the slackness on the law and order front and also puts Mayawati, who has been claiming improvement in the situation, in the dock."

Addressing BSP cadres in Delhi, the party supremo alleged that while crimes were taking places in other states too, bodies like the National Commission for Women and the National SC/ST Commission were only targeting her government.


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