New Delhi, April 10: In the latest development in the Unnao rape case, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Yogi Adityanath-led state government and police in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday over the mysterious death of the victim’s father while he was lodged in an Unnao jail. The death came just a day after the victim tried to set herself afire outside the Chief Minister’s residence alleging rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his kin.
The girl had cried foul over her father’s death, alleging that it was Sengar’s doing when she refused to withdraw her complaint against him. The NHRC has observed that if her allegations are true, they raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the girl’s family. The notices, issued to Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar and the UP DGP, OP Singh, have sought a detailed report and also action against police officials who did not register the family’s FIR.
The DGP has also been asked to explain why the custodial death wasn’t reported to the commission within 24 hours. CS Kumar has been directed to ensure that the aggrieved family was not harassed any further. “He is also directed to monitor and expedite the magisterial inquiry which is underway,” said the NHRC in a statement.
The deceased, Devender, was falsely booked and then arrested, allegedly at Sengar’s behest, after his daughter lodged a complaint against the MLA and his brother Atul. The FIR reportedly did not mention Atul’s name. Atul was arrested after Devender passed away.