In this August 1, 2016 picture, three accused in the Bulandshahr gang rape case are being brought to be produced before a district court, in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Meerut, August 9, 2016
Mother and daughter have identified Bawariya gang leader and two accomplices, say police.
Amid allegations by some of the accused that they were being framed, the Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday claimed that they had solved the Bulandshahr gang-rape case with the arrest of Saleem, the alleged leader of the Bawariya gang and his two associates.
On July 29, a woman (45) from Noida and her minor daughter (14) were raped on July 29, after they were dragged out of their car by dacoits near a highway in western U.P.
Saleem Bawariya and two gang members, Pervez and Zubair, were arrested late on Monday night, Sujit Kumar Pandey, Inspector General of Police (Meerut), said in Greater Noida on Tuesday.
Mr. Pandey said that of the total six accused in the case one still remains at large. Police had earlier arrested three members of the gang — Mohammad Shavez, Raisuddin and Jabar Singh.
“After committing the crime the accused had fled to Jharkhand. We have sufficient proof to show the involvement of the accused which we will present in the court,” Mr. Pandey noted.
Anees Ahmed Ansari, Senior Superintendent of Police (Bulandshahr), told The Hindu that the victims identified Saleem and his two gang members as the culprits who raped them.
Two of the accused, Mohammad Shehvez and Jabar Singh, pleaded innocence before the lawyers in the court where they were presented on Monday.
“We have nothing to do with the gang-rape case,” Shahvez told the packed trial court, tears rolling down his cheeks.
Sohrab, father of Raisuddin, told The Hindu that the police were framing his son in order to solve the case. He claimed that Raisuddin worked as a labourer at the railway yard in Bijnore where the attendance record shows he was present at work on the day of the crime.
Here’s a background to the incident:
Bulandshahar gangrape: Will commit suicide, if justice isn’t served in 3 months, says victims’ family
A gang of dacoits had brutally raped the woman and her 14-year-old daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car in Bulandshahr on NH-91.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 2, 2016 4:13 pm
Family of the 14-year-old girl and her mother, who were gangraped at gunpoint in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahar district, has threatened to commit suicide if the accused were not punished within three months.
“We were looted, beaten up and we all know what they did to my daughter…I want my wife and daughter to punish them. If they are not punished within three months, then all three of us will commit suicide,” said the minor victim’s father, a cab driver whose family was attacked by a group of bandits.
A gang of dacoits had brutally raped the woman and her 14-year-old daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car in Bulandshahr on NH-91 when they were travelling with their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur on Friday night.
“There were seven-eight men. They tied our hands and feet and beat us. They kept beating us even when we begged for water or we made any movement,” the 39-year-old man said alleging that they did not get any help on dialing police control room number 100.
Uttar Pradesh Police had yesterday arrested three accused –Naresh (25), Bablu (22) and Rais (28)–and detained a dozen others after launching a massive hunt for the dacoits suspected to be behind the crime.
Facing flak from the Opposition, the state government had suspended five police officers, including district SSP Vaibhav Krishna.
The matter had an echo in Lok Sabha yesterday when BJP members hit out at the UP government over the law and order situation and demanded resignation of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has summoned a doctor who conducted medical examination of the minor victim, for allegedly ill-treating her and asking “awkward” questions and also slammed the police for not including sections of POCSO Act in the FIR.