A relative of the woman who was allegedly raped by Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati and his aides on Thursday filed a complaint with the Delhi Police and alleged that a UP Police officer who had come to AIIMS to record the victim’s statement threatened to kill them in a fake encounter.
In a complaint filed at the Hauz Khas police station, the relative has alleged that a DSP-rank woman officer of the UP Police on Thursday barged into a ward at AIIMS, where the victim’s 16-year-old daughter is admitted, threatened them and snatched their mobile phones.
The victim’s daughter, who was also allegedly sexually assaulted by the minister, is undergoing treatment in a restricted ward of AIIMS. “The officer pushed the girl who is undergoing treatment and pestered the mother to record the statement. When we objected to it, the officer threatened to get us killed in a fake encounter,” alleged the complainant, who claimed to be a cousin of the victim.
Chinmoy Biswal, additional DCP (south), confirmed that the complaint was filed by the woman’s relative. “The allegations levelled in the complaint have prima facie found not substantiated as of now,” said Biswal. He said that prior to the written complaint, a call regarding “alleged threat by UP police official in a ward at AIIMS” was also received by the police control room. “No evidence of any threat or intimidation could be found as alleged in the call,” added Biswal.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Amita Singh had on Thursday recorded the statement of the victim and her daughter amid opposition by their family members at AIIMS. The statement was videographed as per the rules under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said police sources.
The UP Police has filed an FIR against Prajapati and his accomplices on an order from the Supreme Court. The statement of the victim was recorded before a chief metropolitan magistrate in Lucknow last week.
However, since the mother had certain reservations, she had called over Mahmood Pracha, advocate, who is representing the minor in Supreme Court. Pracha had arrived at AIIMS and the remaining statement was carried out in his presence.
Last month, the minor victim had gone missing on February 11 before her medical examination at AIIMS. She was staying here with her mother, in a hotel in Nabi Karim in central Delhi. After she went missing, her mother lodged a complaint, following which an FIR under section 363 (Punishment for kidnapping) of IPC was lodged at Nabi Karim police station, police said. The victim returned after a couple of days and she said that she was fine and nothing untoward had happened to her, they added.