Lucknow, April 10: An Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA’s brother was arrested on Tuesday over charges of beating a gang-rape victim’s father to death in police custody, an official said.
A special team of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Atul Singh Sengar, the brother of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Kuldeep Singh Senger from Unnao who has has been accused by the teenaged girl of gang rape and threats to her family.
Atul Sengar faces charges under culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He is also booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to procoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
The arrest was made in Kanpur on the directions of UP Director General of Police, O.P. Singh, police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava said.
The deceased Pappu Singh was being forced to withdraw the case against the MLA. Upon refusing, he was picked up by the police late Sunday night and was allegedly roughed up by Atul Singh and his aides in custody.
Pappu Singh was rushed to the district hospital with 18 wounds and gashes, abdominal pain and vomiting. He died soon thereafter.
Following this, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended four police officers, including the Station House Officer of Makhi, Ashok Shukla, and three constables, and arrested four persons who were aides to the MLA, reported news agency IANS.
The minor, along with her family members, had on Sunday threatened to commit suicide outside the Chief Minister’s House in Lucknow alleging that the police refused to take action against the MLA despite numerous complaints and applications.
According to her, Kuldeep Singh Sengar allegedly gang-raped her, on June 17 last year. She said all her attempts to get justice bore no fruit as the legislator’s influence prevented police from booking him in the case, eventually leading her to the CM’s doorstep.
I was raped. I have been going from pillar to post for one year but no one listened to me. I want all of them arrested otherwise I will kill myself. I had even gone to the CM to no result. When we lodged FIR we were threatened: Woman allegedly raped by BJP MLA pic.twitter.com/wgHrNz1Bmi
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Mr. Sengar said the allegations were being leveled against him to defame him as part of a “conspiracy” by those who could not tolerate his popularity and methods of operation.
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The incident triggered a political storm and public outrage in the state, forcing the police to suspended six officials, including a station house officer (SHO) and five constables.
A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the district administration.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow) Rajeev Krishna to investigate the matter and has promised stern action against all perpetrators.
He also said on Monday that no one, however mighty they may be, will be spared in this case.
Meanwhile, The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into a girl’s accusations of gang rape against a BJP legislator and the subsequent death of her father in police custody, officials said.
Confirming this, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Anand Kumar told that the SIT, which will be headed by the SP (Crime) of Lucknow, will look “into the entire gamut of allegations… from the beginning of the issue in June last year (which is when the 18-year-old first complained of rape by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger)”.
Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe all allegations related to #Unnao matter. Investigation is being done & action will definitely be taken: Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order on rape allegations against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar & death of the father of rape victim pic.twitter.com/jXI7iCHDHa
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 10, 2018
Workers of Samajwadi Party on Tuesday protested against the alleged rape of a woman by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, demanding the arrest of the BJP MLA.
Gorakhpur: Workers of Samajwadi Party protest against the alleged rape of a woman by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The protesters demanded that the MLA be arrested at the earliest. pic.twitter.com/FMjHqZwPIY
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This incident has raised a lot of question on Yogi Government’s law and order. A girl who was allegedly raped by a man last year, earlier made all attempts to get justice bore no fruit as the BJP legislator’s influence prevented police from booking him in the case.
Rape victim cries for justice from 1 year, shows lawlessness in Yogi Raj. Despite taking action against the accused MLA, police took Surendra Singh, father of the victim in charge who later died in police custody.
On one side Prime Minister talks about various moves like Women Empowerment and Beti Bachao…Beti Padhao and another side in his Raj his party leader not only raped the girl but till now he has not been arrested. This has raised a big question mark on not only the safety of ‘Beti’ of our country but also his father.
— BBC News Hindi (@BBCHindi) April 9, 2018