The UP Government has requested the Supreme Court to order for a CBI inquiry into the Hathras gang-rape case to make sure that a fair and impartial investigation takes place by a Central Agency “which is not within the administrative control of the state administration”, as reported.
The UP government has requested the SC to direct CBI investigation not only into the case related to the alleged rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman of Hathras, but also into the case registered by the UP Police alleging criminal conspiracy to spread caste disagreements by sections of media and political interests using the Hathras incident.
So far as the allegations of presumptous during cremation of the victim’s body is concerned, the UP Government has submitted that around 200-250 people were already present when the victim’s body reached the village. They stoped the ambulance that was carrying the body of the victim and large number of people “gheroed the family of the victim” and “started planned sloganeering” to stop them from cremating the body of the victim.
Further it is claimed that the police received intelligence inputs that “the whole issue was being exploited and a caste / communal color was being given.”
It is submitted, “Intelligence inputs were specifically received late at night of 29.09.2020 that lakhs of protestors of both communities / castes along with the supporters of some political parties and media will assemble in the morning of 30.09.2020 at the village which is likely to turn violent and will lead to major law and order problems. There was also high alert in the district due to likely pronouncement of the Ayodhya-Babri case and further the administration has also to ensure there are no large gatherings in the COVID-19 times in view of the strict Central Govt. guidelines. In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim which was lying for almost than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem.”
The state government has claimed that there has been “orchestrated efforts” to “malign the image of government on social media” by attributing “baseless comments” & building up a “distorted narrative” on the Hathras case.
It said that following the victim’s death on September 29, 2020, the charge of murder under Section 302 has also been added in the FIR and it is urged that the matter be taken up by CBI.