Hundreds of farmers gathered outside the Rabupura police station on Saturday and protested against the police for failing to arrest the culprits in the robbery and gangrape incident at a brick kiln adjacent to Yamuna Expressway near Jewar in Greater Noida.
The farmers, in a similar protest held earlier, had given the police a two-day deadline to arrest the accused. But, until Saturday, no one has been arrested.
Nearly 600 farmers from Rabupura, Karoli, Ronja, Nagla Hukum Singh, Nagla Bhatana, Kheda and Bhaipur villages joined protest on Saturday to express solidarity with victims.
“The chief minister has set out on a lavish rath yatra and is busy garnering votes. The women are from a minority community and need support. We have also demanded an apology from the police officers over their misbehaviour with the public who arrived at the police station after the incident. A video was recorded in which the SHO is seen openly abusing the public. If there is no arrest in the gangrape case within a week, we will take the protest to the streets in Noida,” said Dhirendra Singh, farmers’ leader and spokesperson UP Congress Committee.
“We have collected her for the women victims and we are ready to provide them finances, food and anything else they would need. The victim families are poor and they have not got justice as yet. We are maintaining pressure on police to arrest the real culprits and not send an innocent person to jail,” said Atul Sharma, advocate.
The protesters also alleged police laxity in carrying out combing operations near the scene of the crime on the evening of November 1. Several hours before the robbery and gangrape incident, six men had robbed a couple of gold and cash nearby.
“The inquiry about the video featuring the SHO is under inquiry. He told us that he was provoked beyond limits. However, any action will be taken after the case is cracked and the accused are nabbed. Their arrest is the priority for now,” said Sujata Singh, superintendent of police (rural).