Pro-women rights groups on Saturday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Motihari district administration to arrest all the six accused in last year’s murder of Siddharth Raj , as also those behind Thursday’s attack on his sister, Shweta Kumari, a key witness in the case, two days before she was to depose in a local court.
Mamta Rani Verma, founder member of ‘Agni Panth’, said women groups were angered by the attack on the sister of the deceased. Traumatised, Shweta could not depose in court in her brother’s murder case on Saturday.
Shweta, 19, an undergraduate student of the Mahatma Gandhi Central University of Bihar, Motihari, was hit from behind by a speeding motorbike when she was going to write her exams . Earlier, she had survived an attack when a Scorpio tried to run her over. She had previously received threats to stay away from the case.
“We will take up the girl’s cause. If the police fail to arrest the culprits, women will be all over the street. We have planned a demonstration already,” Mamta said.
The women groups also wanted the police to correct its supervision report in which it had exonerated a couple of accused in the murder of Shweta’s brother. They promised a huge rally on the International Women’s Day (March 8).
She said Rajan Sahni, an accused in Sidharth’s murder, had come up again in Thursday’s hit-and-run case.
Shweta, while talking to the media, blamed the juvenile justice board in Motihari for mis-representing her statement to bail out the culprits. However, Prince Raj, Shweta’s elder brother, in his statement to the court,has named all the six accused in the murder case.
Prince Pandey, the main accused in the murder case, has also been charged with issuing threats to Shweta and trying to pressurise her to withdraw the case.
Superintendent of police, Jitendra Rana, said that raids were on to arrest the culprits. He assured to provide security cover to Shweta and her family.
Shweta’s father, Vinod Thakur, had alleged that one Vishal Dubey, another accused in the murder case, had threatened him on Saturday when he was on way to the juvenile justice board.