Let SC monitor the Hathras CBI probe, UP urges court

Govt says committed to providing security to the family even as CBI began its probe on Oct 13

Family members of Hathras gang-rape victim leave for Lucknow. Photo: ANI/Twitter

The Uttar Pradesh government has urged the Supreme Court to monitor the CBI probe into the alleged gang rape and torture of a Dalit woman in Hathras, who died at a hospital in Delhi last month.

The state government said it is “committed to providing complete security to the victim’s family and witnesses”.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday began a probe into the case, with a team of officials visiting the woman’s village about a month after she was allegedly gang raped by four men belonging to an upper caste community.

The UP government also requested the top court to direct the Central probe agency to submit fortnightly status reports to the state government so that the same can be filed in the Supreme Court through the police chief.

It gave details of the security provided to the woman’s family and submitted a list of police personnel posted for the family’s security in Hathras.

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Eight CCTV cameras have been put up outside her home to keep a watch and the police have ensured that there is no intrusion of privacy of the family, said the state government.

The CBI team on Tuesday visited the millet field in the UP village where, according to the victim’s brother, the accused tried to strangle the victim. Her mother, who was unwell, was also taken to the crime scene by the CBI officials when she was returning home in an ambulance after a brief hospital visit.

The CBI officials were accompanied by a forensic expert, police personnel and the woman’s brother. The team left the crime scene after over two hours. Later, the team visited the site where she was cremated in the dead of night on September 20-30.

The CBI had registered a case against the prime accused Sandeep Thakur on Sunday under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376-D (gang rape) and Section 3 of SC/ST Act. The main accused along with three of his alleged associates, all from an upper caste, are in jail. The four were named by the victim in her dying declaration recorded on Sept 22.

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