Lucknow, Apr 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath on Friday assured fair probe in Unnao alleged gang-rape case in which a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused. Yogi Adityanath said his government would not spare the accused in the Unnao case following its policy of “zero tolerance” against crime and corruption.
“The accused will not be spared, doesn’t matter how influential he is,” the Chief Minister said when asked about the case in which a 16-year-old has accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother of raping her in June last year. Adityanath also denied reports of inaction by the state government and police against the accused lawmaker.
“The moment this matter came to our notice, we immediately formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT). According to its report, doctors and police personnel who were found negligent have already been suspended,” he was quoted as saying. The government has also ordered security for the rape survivor’s family.
The case has been now handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which began its probe on Friday by questioning BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, one of the accused, and recording the statement of the victim. A CBI team visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement.
The agency filed three First Investigation Reports late on Thursday over the 2017 rape and the victim’s father’s death in police custody. Phone call details of the legislator have also been sought, informed sources told IANS. In the first FIR, the CBI named Sengar and Shashi Singh, a woman who allegedly took the rape victim to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader’s house.
The second FIR is against four of Sengar’s accomplices — Vineet, Baua, Shailu and Sonu — on charges of rioting, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt. The third one relates to Sengar’s brother Atul Singh, who claimed that he was attacked by the victim’s father. Atul Singh is currently in judicial custody.
The victim tried to set herself ablaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8, claiming inaction in the rape case. Later that day, her father was picked up by the police, beaten up by Atul Singh and his men, following which he died. The incident has triggered outrage.