UP govt ready for CBI probe into accident

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UP govt ready for CBI probe into accident

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

With the Uttar Pradesh government saying that it was ready to recommend a CBI probe into the road accident in which the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer received grievous injuries, sleuths of the country’s  premier investigating agency visited the KGMU Trauma Centre here on Monday evening to take a first hand account of the incident from the family members.

The CBI team remained at the Trauma centre for about 15 minutes.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is already investigating the Unnao rape case in which Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused and is presently lodged in jail after being charge-sheeted by the agency in the rape case.

A car in which the Unnao rape victim, 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.

The state government is reported to have informed the CBI about the accident of the rape victim and has announced to bear all the cost of medical treatment of the victim and her lawyer injured.

The rape victim and her lawyer are on life support systems at the Trauma Centre and the doctors attending on them say they are critical.

Earlier, DGP OP Singh announced that the state government had no reservation in going for a CBI probe into the accident if the family wanted. He also visited the Trauma Centre to meet the family members.

Lucknow Zone ADG Rajeev Krishna said at a press conference here on Monday that a case had been registered on the complaint of Mahesh Singh (uncle of Unnao rape victim), and he had also requested the government to transfer this case to the CBI.

“We are getting a report on that request, as soon as the report comes, it (case) will be recommended to the CBI,” the ADG said.

The mother of the victim, speaking to reporters in Unnao, said it was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate the entire family.

The ADG said that the police were making a thorough investigation and the driver, cleaner and owner of the truck had been detained.

“We are checking the mobile phone numbers and the call details of the driver, cleaner and owner of the truck to find out whether they match with known numbers of Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associates,” the ADG disclosed.

He said the truck was coming from Banda with sand and at the time of accident there was heavy rain in the area.

Commenting on the blackening of the registration number plate of the truck, the ADG said the owner disclosed during interrogation that as they had not repaid the loan taken for the truck, they were trying it from the financier.

The forensic team of UP Police reached Rae Bareli and started investigation. They also checked the ill-fated car and the truck.

About the absence of security with the victim, Unnao’s Superintendent of Police MP Verma said that one gunner and two women constables had been assigned round-the-clock duty for the safety of the victim and her family, but they were not present at the time of the accident.

“An inquiry has been ordered to look into the reasons for the security personnel not being present with her (rape victim) and action will be taken after getting a report,” Verma said.

Meanwhile National Commission for Women’s chairperson Rekha Sharma shot off a letter to the state government on Monday seeking speedy probe and action against the guilty in the Unnao rape victim’s accident.

“We have taken suo motu cognisance of media reports. Unnao rape victim injured, her two aunts killed in accident. It’s requested to government to ensure fair and speedy probe into the matter and take action for the crime committed,” the letter said. 

Meanwhile, the family members of the rape victim, announced that they would not cremate the two women of the family killed in the accident, until the rape victim’s uncle was released on bail from Rae Bareli jail.

Two aunts of the rape victim were killed while the victim herself and her lawyer were critically injured in a road accident in Rae Bareli.

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