The many probes over the Hathras crime

  • CBI’s case: The CBI on Sunday took over the investigation into the alleged gang rape and assault that led to the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. It registered an FIR against main accused Sandeep under sections 376D (gang rape), 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (murder) of the IPC and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act (offences of atrocities), reports TOI. But it later removed a press statement it had issued and the link to the FIR from its website.

  • UP Police’s case: The Uttar Pradesh police continues to probe the cases that it had registered alleging a conspiracy to malign the state government. Several police teams from Mathura have been dispatched to Malappuram district in Kerala and elsewhere to investigate the journalist and three others booked under the anti-terror law UAPA and charged with sedition for allegedly conspiring to cause caste riots in the state. The four accused — Siddiqui Kappan, a journalist with a Malayalam-language news site in Delhi, Atikur Rahman of Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmad from Bahraich and Aalam from Rampur — were detained on October 5 while on their way to Hathras.

  • The court’s case: The family of the victim is to give their statement at the Allahabad High Court on Monday. The court had taken suo motu cognisance of the case after the UP Police conducted the girl’s cremation in the dead of the night allegedly without the family’s consent.

  • More probes: Madhya Pradesh’s Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College has initiated an enquiry into the conduct of Dr Rajkumari Bansal, a forensic specialist from the institute who according to some media outlets was living with the victim’s family “posing as a relative”. The reports alleged she had links with Naxalism. The college said she “went on leave without information”.

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