SIT to probe rape charge against BJP MLA, death of victim's father

SIT to probe rape charge against BJP MlA, death of victim's father

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Lucknow: BJP legislator from Unnao Kuldeep Singh Sengar talks to press after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on April 9, 2018. The meeting comes after a girl tried to set herself on fire outside the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) activists stage a demonstration against the alleged rape of an 18-year-old by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger, in Lucknow on April 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) activists stage a demonstration against the alleged rape of an 18-year-old by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger, in Lucknow on April 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Lucknow, April 10 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into a girl's accusations that she had been gang raped by a BJP legislator and others and the subsequent death of her father in police custody, officials said.
Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Anand Kumar told IANS that the SIT, which will be headed by the SP, Crime, of Lucknow, will look "into the entire gamut of allegations... from the beginning of the issue in June last year (which is when the 18-year-old first complained of rape by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger)".
Informed sources said that hugely embarrassed by the developments, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has rolled out a damage control action plan which included ordering the SIT probe, arrest of the BJP legislator's brother and a parallel magisterial inquiry.
Police has suspended six of its personnel, including station house officer of Makhi and five constables, and arrested Senger's brother Atul Singh and four of his aides -- Baua, Vineet, Shailu and Sonu.
Atul Singh was arrested on Tuesday over charges of beating the girl's father to death in police custody, an official said.
The arrest was made in Kanpur based on the orders of Director General of Police O.P. Singh, the official added.
The girl's father was being forced to withdraw the case against the MLA. Upon his refusal, he was picked up by police late on Sunday and was allegedly roughed up by Atul Singh and his aides while in custody.
He was taken to the district hospital with 18 wounds and gashes, abdominal pain and vomiting. He died soon after.
The incident triggered a political storm and public outrage in the state. A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the district administration.
Adityanath has also asked Additional Director General of Police Rajeev Krishna to investigate the matter and has promised stern action against all perpetrators. He said no one, however mighty, will be spared.
--IANS
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