Murder case against BSP leader, son, cops as Dalit ‘rape victim’ dies
Police registered a murder case against a BSP strongman and his son, who allegedly abducted and raped a young Dalit woman in 2014 and she died in a government hospital here on Monday.india Updated: May 10, 2016 21:59 IST
Police registered a murder case against a BSP strongman and his son, who allegedly abducted and raped a young Dalit woman in 2014 and she died in a government hospital here on Monday.
The case was filed on Tuesday at Kamalgunj police station against Mahendra Katiyar — who is set to contest the 2017 assembly polls on a BSP ticket from the Farrukhabad Sadar constituency — and his son Gurdeep, the alleged rapist.
The Kamalgunj station house officer, Saligram Verma, and four policemen were named in the case too. Verma, a sub-inspector and four constables, including a policewoman, were suspended.
The police action came after the woman’s father, who worked at a brick kiln owned by Katiyar, threatened to stall her cremation unless a case was registered.
The circle officer of Amritpur will investigate the case. “The investigating officer has been asked to look into the role of senior police officers, including the Farrukhabad SSP,” said Kanpur zone IGP Zaki Ahmad, who will monitor the probe.
SSP Rajesh Krishna Srivastava denied any wrongdoing. “I do not know Katiyar. Secondly, I was on leave that day when she was arrested,” he said.
The BSP summoned leaders of its Farrukhabad unit to Lucknow, where party chief Mayawati sought a report on the incident.
Ironically, police had accused the 20-year-old woman of being a thief and a gangster when she sought justice. She was thrice put in jail and suffered fatal injuries when police arrested her a fourth time on April 29.
She had alleged that Gurdeep kidnapped her on December 1, 2014, and repeatedly raped her in captivity before she managed to escape two days later. The father accused police of shooing his daughter out when she sought to file a case against the politician’s son.
Hours after she approached police, she was arrested and sent to prison on a complaint by Gurdeep that she had stolen two cellphones, a pistol and a wallet from him. She got bail in March 2015 but was arrested again. Police said she was a gangster.
In July that year, she was jailed a third time — for intimidation and blackmail. Her trauma deepened when she was arrested a fourth time on April 29 this year for possessing charas, a narcotic, hours after meeting Kanpur DIG Neelabja Chowdhary for help.
It has been alleged that she was brutally tortured in police custody and admitted to Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur later. Doctors said her condition was grave as she had suffered serious brain injuries.
But police dismissed the allegation, saying she jumped out of a moving jeep to escape.
The woman was allegedly lured into a trap by a policewoman after she met the Kanpur DIG, assuring that her problems will be solved. She was picked up on her way to meet the policewoman, sources said.
First Published: May 10, 2016 21:59 IST