The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken a relative of the two teenage girls allegedly raped and murdered in UP’s Badaun district in May under its scanner. He had allegedly deleted key data — suspected to be linked to the crime — from the mobile phone of one of the victims.
The agency has seized his mobile phone and sent it to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory for examination and possible retrieval of the deleted data that is suspected to be linked to the crime, said a source.
“We have questioned the relative and may do it again. He had kept one of the victims’ phone with himself for several weeks before the CBI recovered the same from the family,” said the source. “We suspect he had taken out the victim’s phone set’s SIM card then inserted it into his own phone set to access the data and delete the same,” the source added.
HT attempted to contact the victim’s family but the number belonging to a relative was found switched off. The family had earlier rejected all allegations levelled against it by the CBI as an attempt to frame them.
The victim’s phone was recovered in an allegedly damaged state and has been sent for forensic examination, along with the phone of the case’s main eyewitness, Nazru.
CBI has questioned the victims’ relatives as well as the five accused — Pappu Yadav and brothers Awadhesh and Urvesh, and state police officials Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav — and is exploring all angles, the source added.