UP govt seeks SC-monitored CBI probe, report every fortnight

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/15/2020 10:44:56 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 14: A day ahead of the Supreme Court hearing the gang rape and murder of a teenage Dalit girl in a village of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh, the State Government on Wednesday filed an affidavit, seeking the Court to monitor the CBI probe into the incident and submission of a fortnightly report by the agency, even as the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court continues hearing the suo motu matter on the victim's midnight cremation.
In a compliance affidavit on the Apex Court's directives to provide security to the victim's family and witnesses, the state government said the family has been given a 3-layered security and assured the court that it is committed to give full security to the family and the witnesses as adequate forces have been deployed for the purpose.
It sought the court's direction to the CBI to submit fortnightly status reports on the investigation to the state government for the DGP (Director General of Police), UP, to file them to the court.
In the last hearing on October 6, the UP government had expressed willingness before the top court to refer the investigation to the CBI on the ground that it would at least stop the fake narratives being spread about the case with political motives. The CBI has since taken over and started the probe.
In the new affidavit, the state government wants the court to keep the petition in the case pending, allowing the CBI to probe in a time-bound manner. It said 15 armed constabulary personnel have been posted near and outside the victim's house besides civil police component comprising guard, gunners and shadows and eight CCTV cameras installed in the outer surrounding besides flood lights to keep watch on the area.
It said adequate protection has been provided to the family living in Chandpa village and they include the victim's parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law and her grandmother. At the entrance of the victim's village and near her house, a total of 16 police personnel, including two inspectors and four lady constables, have been deployed. Two sub-inspectors are deployed round the clock, shift wise, outside the house, besides 15 personnel of the PAC.
Detailing the security arrangements, the affidavit said guards have been deployed on rotation basis in two shifts to ensure safety of the family members and witnesses when they are at their residence, while the personal security gunners/shadows deployed with 12 constables in shifts for their security.
The inspector, in-charge of police station Chandpa has been made the in-charge of the aforesaid entire arrangements and also to deploy suitable police force for the same. He shall supervise the police force and oversee the security arrangement on a daily basis, the affidavit said, noting that the circle officer, Sadabad, is to ensure robust security arrangement by holding regular clear briefings of the police force and in addition and keep the family members informed about the security arrangements provided to them.
Further, to deal with any emergency situation, an appropriate QRT team has also been deployed. The entire security staff deployed at the village has been strictly instructed to ensure that there is no intrusion in the privacy of the victim's family/witnesses and that they are free to move and meet the people as they want, the affidavit said.
It said that the victim's brother has informed the police in writing that they have engaged the lawyers on behalf of the family. All the same, the family also requested that the government advocate should also pursue the case on their behalf.



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