Under fire from opposition parties, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a CB-CID probe into the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in the premises of a police station in Lakhimpur district and a fresh post-mortem.
After the case sparked outrage, the government dismissed the earlier post-mortem report which said that death was caused due to asphyxia and ordered a new post-mortem of the victim by a panel of doctors from other districts.
An FIR has been lodged against a sub-inspector and two policemen for allegedly tampering with evidence.
Missing since Friday evening, the girl was found hanging from a tree inside the premises of Nighasan Police Station. The victim's mother in her complaint had alleged that the girl was raped and murdered.
Police Commissioner, Lucknow, Prashant Trivedi told reporters that "The standard operating procedure is that whenever a scene of crime is there, the scene should be left undisturbed as such but in this case it was not done. So we have held that as tampering and we have taken a strong view of it. We have lodged an FIR against a sub inspector and two constables."
"Whenever there is death in police premises, it not like a normal death elsewhere, so more than normal precautions should be taken into any aspect of handling the case. We are very serious about getting to the truth in the matter. Right now we have visited the scene of the crime along with the mother of the victim," he said.
"In this case we felt that during post-mortem a lady doctor should have been present and the chief minister has reviewed the matter," he said.
The CB-CID has been asked to submit its report within a week's time.
Lakhimpur Police had yesterday ruled out that the girl, who was found hanging inside the premises of a police station in Nighasan, was murdered citing the post-mortem report.
"The post-mortem report mentioned asphyxia, as a result of hanging, the cause of death which rules out the allegation of murder," Superintendent of Police D K Rai had said.
He said there was no injury mark on the victim's body and there was a minor abrasion on her right leg.
"To confirm the second allegation of rape, a slide had been sent to a hospital for testing and a final conclusion will be drawn only after the report is received," the SP said.
Eleven policemen posted there were suspended after her body was found.
Congress and BJP have staged demonstrations to protest against the incident.
Union Minister of State for Surface Transport Jitin Prasad said the incident was an example of "deteriorating" law and order situation in the state.
Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra said: "This is a barbaric incident and suspension of policemen is nothing more than farce."
The Samajwadi Party said that a fact-finding committee of the SP led by Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Parishad Ahmad Hasan would be visiting Nighasan on June 14.
"The committee, constituted on the directive of state president Akhilesh Yadav, will submit its report with party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.