Edited by: Alert India Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 10, 2018 22:10[IST ]
The NHRC today sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police chief seeking a detailed report on the custodial death of a man after his daughter had accused a BJP MLA and his aides of gangrape in Unnao, and asked the authorities to ensure “the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment”.
“Notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, calling for a detailed report in the matter, including action taken against the delinquent police officials, who refused to register an FIR,” the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said.
The Commission observed that the allegations, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim family.
The daughter of the deceased has, reportedly, alleged that the MLA had got her father killed since she was not willing to withdraw the gang rape complaint against him.
Sengar, who represents Bangermau constituency in Unnao district, has denied the allegations and demanded a high-level inquiry in the matter.
The victim’s father was in judicial custody over his alleged involvement in a brawl with the MLA’s supporters last week. She has reportedly stated that since Unnao police had refused to act against the MLA, his brother and accomplices, they were forced to move the court to get an FIR registered. She has also alleged that the MLA had threatened to get the entire family killed.
A day after the death of rape victim’s father in police custody, the police on Tuesday arrested accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA’s brother and three others. Atul Singh was arrested from Unnao on the directions of the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) DGP UP, by the Lucknow crime branch team led by Superintendent of Police (SP) (crime) Dinesh Singh.
However, the victim claimed that she was unaware of the arrest and urged that the accused be hanged till death. “Kuldeep Singh (Sengar) isn’t being arrested. I don’t know if his brother is arrested. I demand that they be hanged till death. They’ve made my life miserable. I want justice. They killed my father,” she told ANI.
On Sunday, a woman, along with her family members, tried to commit suicide in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ‘s residence in Lucknow, alleging that she was raped by Sengar and his fellow accomplices.
Later, the victim’s father was arrested from the location. However, he was admitted to a hospital on Sunday night after complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting and subsequently passed away in the early hours on Monday. Following this, six police personnel were suspended and four accused were arrested for allegedly beating up the victim’s father in jail.
Meanwhile, the accused BJP MLA on Monday refused to resign from his post following the allegations of rape against him. Speaking to the media, Sengar said, “If somebody’s name crops up into some issue does not mean that he shall resign”. He further went on to dismiss the entire incident saying the allegations were completely wrong.