UP police has received in writing the demand for CBI inquiry into the alleged gangrape of two teenaged cousins from their relatives and a formal letter for the same would be sent to the Centre on Tuesday, the state DGP said.
The SP-led government in the state had earlier backed the demand of the victims' family members for a CBI probe into the matter.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav transferred principal secretary (home) Anil Kumar Gupta but no reason was cited for the action against the bureaucrat. On the direction of the chief minister, director general of Police AL Banerjee was sent to Katra Sadatganj village to meet the family of the two minors who were gang raped and murdered, sources said.
The transfer might be a fallout of the delay in sending a letter to the union home ministry, requesting a CBI probe into the Badaun gang rape and murder case, sources said.
Gupta, considered close to the ruling party, was removed last year from the post of industrial and infrastructure development commissioner but was brought back in administration seven months back.
Pushed to the wall over the Badaun incident, Gupta was blamed by the state government for mishandling the situation.
Opposition leaders, however, said officials like Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani and Gupta were made scapegoats to save Akhilesh Yadav.
"In case these officials are guilty, even the chief minister as the head of the state should put down his papers for failing to protect the women in Uttar Pradesh," said BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpayee.
The two teenage girls, aged 14 and 15 years, were allegedly gangraped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a mango tree in a village in Ushait area in Badaun.
DGP AL Banerjee said he has taken the demand for the CBI inquiry in writing from them and the formal letter by the state government would be sent on Tuesday itself.
The DGP said that armed guards would be deployed for the security of the victims' family and if needed, arms licences would be issued to them.
The inquiry into the case is going on as per the lodged report. An uncle of the girls allegedly had seen them with the accused and also had a heated exchange with them earlier, Banerjee said, adding they had terrorised him with firearms after which he fled.
The DGP also clarifying that police was not involved in the gangrape, claimed that when family members had gone to the police station, they had talked to constable Sarvesh Yadav, who told them about the bodies hanging from the tree.
The sketch of the two accused, still at large, would be prepared with the help of the uncle, Bannerji said.
For checking crime against women, a three-member committee is being set up at the DGP headquarters in Lucknow which would be headed by ADG-rank officer, Sutapa Sanyal and would have IG-rank officers Tilotma Verma and Tanuja Srivastava as its members, the DGP said, adding that this committee would look into such cases and take steps to check them.
The two accused policemen have been terminated from their service.
Akhilesh had announced full security to the families of the victims and Rs. five lakh each as compensation which they have rejected.