The Haryana government on Tuesday made a request to the Centre to transfer the probe into the double murder and gang-rape case in Mewat to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The state home department sent a letter to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) of the Centre for transferring the case to the Central investigation agency.
Additional chief secretary, home, Ram Niwas later told Hindustan Times that a reference has been made to the Centre after the chief minister granted his approval. As per procedure, the DoPT will seek the CBI’s comments before taking a decision on the case transfer request of the state government.
The state government sent the communication two days after Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s comments terming the murder and gang-rape case and the subsequent police raids to collect biryani samples as “small issues” sparked a row.
A couple was murdered and a minor girl (16) and her cousin (21) were allegedly gang-raped by a group of around 10 men in the intervening night of August 24-25 in Dingerheri village in Mewat. The brutal crime had sent shock waves across the region, triggering protests by villagers and politicians cutting across party lines calling for a CBI probe.
The police registered a case under sections 459 (grievous hurt), 460 (trespass), 302 (murder), 376D (gang-rape), 396 (dacoity with murder) and 397 (dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the IPC at Tauru police station, even as allegations of “callousness and negligence” of cops in handling the case flew thick and fast.
The police have so far arrested four accused — Sandeep, Amarjeet, Karamjeet and Rahul, residents of Mohammadpur Ahir village located less than three kilometres away from Dingerheri — in the case.
The case is being investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Nuh police.
The case transfer reference has been ordered after Khattar gave an assurance to a 11-member delegation, comprising three MLAs and two former ministers that the case may be handed over to the CBI for a “fair and thorough” probe. The delegation had also demanded strict action against local police officials for alleged “negligence” in handling the case.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
• August 24-25 night: A couple was murdered and a minor girl and her cousin gang-raped by a group of 8-10 persons in Dingerheri
• August 28: Four accused, all in their twenties and residents of a nearby village, arrested
• September 1: Mahapanchayat of 36 communities held to demand CBI probe and action against police officials for alleged “negligence”
• September 7: 11-member delegation, including 3 MLAs, meets CM, who promises a CBI inquiry
• September 20 : Home department makes a reference to DoPT for CBI probe