Swinging into action amid strident demands from the Opposition for an inquiry into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer sustained grievous injuries, the Uttar Pradesh police on Monday named the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar among 10 people in the FIR in the case, charging them with murder.
A car in which the 19-year old woman, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured.
Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, is an accused in the rape case and was arrested on April 13 last year.
The incident found an echo in Parliament with Samajwadi Party member Ram Gopal Yadav alleging that an attempt has been made to “kill” the rape victim, leading to brief adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.
Mr. Yadav said the security personnel provided to the victim was not with her at the time of the accident, and the registration plate of the truck involved was covered with grease.
“FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15 to 20 others,” a police officer said.
It was registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Rae Bareli, the police said.
‘MLA ordered hit’
The case was registered on a complaint from the rape survivor’s uncle, Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in the Rae Bareli jail, the police said.
He alleged that the MLA got the car hit on Sunday. “I am sure that the car was hit for killing all of them by the BJP MLA and his men,” Mr. Singh said in his complaint.
The mother of the victim has said: “It was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us.”
The Uttar Pradesh government is ready for a CBI probe into the accident, if a request is made, Director General of Police O.P. Singh said.
“The truck was overspeeding and it was raining also. Prima facie, it appears to be an accident, but a detailed unbiased probe is on in the matter,” Mr. Singh told reporters in Lucknow.
“The State government is ready for recommending a CBI probe into the Sunday’s mishap if the victim’s mother or any relative makes any request in this regard,” he said.
Tagging a media report on the accident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. A new special education bulletin for Indian women. Don’t ask questions if a BJP MLA is accused of having raped you.”
While Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra described the incident as shocking, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav sought a CBI probe.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission For Women chief Swati Maliwal met the Unnao rape survivor at ahospital and said she should be airlifted to Delhi for better treatment as she is “critical”.
In a tweet, BSP supremo Mayawati said: “Her (the rape victim’s) maternal and paternal aunts were killed and she herself and her advocate are seriously injured. The Supreme Court needs to take cognisance of the matter and ensure strict action.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form a high-level inquiry committee to probe the accident, while her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal described it as a “pre-planned conspiracy”.
Unnao rape survivor accident: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar among 10 named in FIR – The Hindu