Lathi charge on Samajwadi party workers on NH- 93 (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)
Hathras rape case Live news Updates: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have left for Hathras to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district. The family also alleged that the UP Police cremated her forcibly without their permission.
Ahead of Gandhis visit, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and the borders have been sealed. Meanwhile, the Uttar Police also lathi-charged few Samajwadi Party workers who were trying to reach the victim’s house. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Yogi Adityanath government to probe the incident will also talk to the family members today.
In other development, Hathras SP Vikrant Vir told ANI that the medical report from Aligarh hospital mentions injuries but doesn’t confirm forced sexual intercourse. “They’re waiting for the report of Forensics. As of now, doctors say that they’re not confirming rape, can give firm opinion only when they get FSL report,” he said. He also said that the SIT team had met the family yesterday and inspected the crime spot.
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra likely to meet Hathras rape victim’s family today; Section 144 imposed in the district. Following LIVE updates
Hathras gangrape: At a protest in Kolkata
On Wednesday, following a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath formed a three-member SIT to investigate the incident and asked it to submit a report within seven days. Facing protests and widespread outrage, the state also said it would set up a fast track court to hear the case. Besides, it announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the victim’s family, a government job for a family member, and a house in Hathras city under the State Urban Development Agency.
The Opposition parties, including the Congress, SP, BSP, and AAP, have targeted the government for the alleged “forced cremation” of the victim.
Hathras gangrape: The funeral pyre of the Hathras victim, hours later. (Express photo: Amil Bhatnagar)
The body of the victim was cremated a little after 3 am Wednesday — with her family saying police had forcibly performed the last rites late at night even though they wanted to bring her body home one last time.
The victim was initially admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with her tongue cut off and spinal cord severely injured, among other serious injuries. She was later shifted to Aligarh hospital for treatment, before moving to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital. The police said the victim had been dragged into a field and gangraped. She had also been strangled with her dupatta.
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