Police on Saturday formed a special investigation team (SIT) and announced a Rs10,000 reward on information on the man who allegedly kidnapped and raped a seven-year-old Dalit girl at Runha village in Nazirabad area, said additional SP (Bhopal Zone IV) Dharamveer Singh Yadav.
The minor was raped on Monday night when she had gone out to attend nature’s call. Yadav, who met the rape victim and her parents at city’s Kamla Nehru Hospital on Saturday, said a sub-divisional officer police would head the SIT to probe the case and track the unidentified accused.
He said the police grilled many people in the village and were working on several other angles, including zeroing in on village labourers who regularly work out of Runha. Doctors at the government hospital said the victim who underwent a minor surgery on Tuesday was stable and could be discharged in four days if her wounds heal. Bairasiya janpad panchayat chief executive officer Upendra Singh Sengar met the victim and her family at KNH on Friday to enquire about their allegation that Runha village sarpanch Akhilesh Patel didn’t help them get a toilet under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The alleged rape survivor’s mother had told HT on Thursday that despite repeated requests to Patel by her and labourer husband for getting a toilet under Centre’s scheme, the sarpanch didn’t help them.
Instead, they allegedly asked them to shell out Rs 6,000 and build a toilet on their own, after which `12,000 will be paid to them. In addition, she had also accused the sarpanch of not giving MGNREGA cards to them.
Victim’s parents reiterated the allegations on Saturday. “Had there been a toilet, my daughter would not have fallen prey to the rapist,” they said. Patel, however, refuted all allegations and said, “They never approached me for a toilet and neither did I ever ask them to pay me Rs 6,000 bribe.”
Sengar, however, said, “We conducted a probe and found the sarpanch didn’t demand any bribe. As per norms of the scheme, initially a beneficiary has to spend half of Rs 12,000 to be sanctioned by government later for a proper toilet.”