Hathras Gangrape Case Latest News: Anguished over the alleged gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh and her subsequent forcible cremation, a Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday summoned top government officials to the court on October 12. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
Issuing the summons, a bench of justices Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singh asked Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary, director general of police and additional director general of police to be present before the court on October 12 to explain the case. Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
Taking suo moto cognisance of the September 14 gang-rape and subsequent death of the teenager, the bench also ordered the Hathras district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to appear before it. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi Gear up For Another Face-off in Darbhanga
The bench asked all officials to come prepared with all the relevant material and documents to apprise the court of their versions of the incident.
The bench also asked the late teen’s parent to come to the court to apprise it of their version of the incident and ordered the Hathras district administration to arrange for their travel to the court.
FIR against Rahul, Priyanka
On the other hand, the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar on Thursday said it has lodged an FIR against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and around 200 other party workers under The Epidemic Diseases Act for not maintaining social distancing and not wearing face masks.
The FIR was lodged under Indian Penal Code sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (unlawfully or negligently spreading infection of any disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and under section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, the police said.
Congress workers stage protest
Congress workers of a number of states on Thursday staged protest over the arrest of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra by UP Police.
On a call for a statewide protest, party workers held demonstrations, blocked roads and ‘gheraoed’ officials.
In Lucknow, Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhana Misra and MLC Dipak Singh staged a march towards the chief minister’s residence when police stopped them and indulged in a lathicharge.
Victim’s family alleges police pressure
Meanwhile, the family members of the 19-year-old victim who succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital alleged they were being pressured by the district administration against repeatedly changing their statement.
The father of the woman, whose death has triggered a massive outrage in the country and sharp criticism for the UP government, said he was being pressured by government officials and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
The father claimed that he was pressured into going to a police station where the district magistrate and police officials made three members of his family sign some document.
(With inputs from agencies)