The Dankaur police on Monday lodged an FIR against a circle officer and 20 other policemen in connection with the alleged rape of a woman during the Bhatta-Parsaul agitation on May 7.
The court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) had on Friday ordered the police to register a case. This is the second setback to the police in quick succession. On October 24, more than five months after a group of women in Bhatta-Parsaul accused policemen of raping them, the police had lodged an FIR against 16 PAC men on the same court’s order.
Unlike in the previous case, the police didn’t challenge the order in a higher court, fearing further embarrassment. “On the order of CJM Vipin Sharma, a case under section 376 (rape) and 392 (robbery) against the then circle officer of Dankaur, Uday Veer Singh Khokhar, and some troopers of the Uttar Pradesh police and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) was lodged on Monday,” said the SHO of Dankaur police station.
“The matter will be investigated by the CB-CID (crime branch-criminal investigation department), which is already probing the Bhatta-Parsaul violence incident, in which two farmers and two policemen were killed,” the SHO said.
Ved Prakash Sharma, lawyer for the woman, alleged, “Four-five policemen had entered the house of the complainant on May 7, while she was alone, and gang-raped her on the orders given by their seniors. They had looted R1 lakh from her house.”
The police here have repeatedly refuted the charges. “It’s not a verdict. We know the police will do everything, during the course of their investigation, to prove that the charges are bogus. The real battle for justice begins now,” said the lawyer.
“The woman, on May 8, approached the police with her complaint but she was turned away. She then approached several senior police officers but no one listened to her. She finally moved the CJM court on October 13 for justice,” the lawyer said.
The court had advised the woman to keep the circle officer out of the list of the accused, but she said, “Since the rape took place in his presence, he has to be named.”