Murthal ‘gangrapes’: Probe back to square one
The high court division bench was hearing a suo motu petition initiated following reports of alleged gangrapes in February 2016 by an English daily.india Updated: May 16, 2017 21:29 IST
The probe into alleged Murthal gangrapes reported during February 2016 Jat quota violence in Murthal area of Sonepat on Ambala-Delhi Grant Trunk Road appears to have hit dead end again.
Special Investigation team (SIT), headed by inspector general of police, Mamta Singh, is yet to file any report in this regard before high court but bench of justice SS Saron and justice Darshan Singh after perusing the police files related to the case said in open court that the DNA samples of alleged fresh suspects identified by the police had not matched with that of the semen found on clothes purportedly of victims of Murthal ‘gangrapes’.
The high court division bench was hearing a suo motu petition initiated following reports of alleged gangrapes in February 2016 by an English daily.
Commenting on the development before court, impartial adviser Anupam Gupta said that initially police arrested five persons and later said their DNA had not matched. Now, the DNA samples of these ‘suspects’ had also not matched. “It appears to be a dillydallying tactics. First they claim an advancement and then retract. The Government should be asked as to on what basis these people were made suspects by the SIT,” he said.
Countering Gupta’ submissions, Haryana additional advocate general, Pawan Girdhar said that the suspects were identified on the basis of “disclosure statements” by them in other cases.
The high court bench after perusing the police files stated that at least some effort appears to have been made “though on paper only,” and did not record any adverse finding and sought fresh status report by next date of hearing in July.
It was in March, 2017 that Haryana police had claimed that it had identified fresh suspects, who could be the perpetrators of alleged gangrapes. As of the five persons booked, against whom section of gangrape was added in April, 2016, they have now been exonerated of charges after DNA report did not corroborate their involvement. All five are now out on bail.