The murder of a 14-year-old girl at a police station in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur-Khiri district has snowballed into a major political controversy a year ahead of assembly elections.
Slamming the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) state government for failing to maintaining law and order, the opposition Samajwadi Party said it would send a fact-finding committee on Tuesday to Nighasan town, where the murder took place.
The issue, coming close on the heels of last month's farmers' agitation in the villages of Bhatta and Parsaul in Greater Noida, has put the Mayawati government on the back foot.
On Monday, the chief minister ordered a CB-CBI probe into the incident even as leaders from various political parties demonstrated outside the Nighasan police station.
The state government also suspended 12 policemen and registered criminal cases against three others for allegedly tampering with evidence.
Calling Friday's murder in the police station a "blot on the government", the Congress demanded a CBI inquiry.
"The Congress has raised this issue, we don't trust the state police and we demand a CBI probe. The whole staff should be removed and cases should be registered against those guilty," Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said.
Union women and child welfare minister Krishna Tirath approached the Union home ministry on the issue.
The BSP targeted the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for maligning the state government's image.
"Instead of taking up the issue to the Union home ministry, Tirath should be concerned about the increasing crime against women in Congress-ruled states," a BSP spokesperson said.