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Rape of Badaun Victims Doubtful: CBI

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The rape of two teenaged cousins who were found dead in mysterious circumstances in Badaun seems "doubtful", indicates the CBI probe in the infamous killings in May which sparked a nationwide outrage.

After going through the DNA report from the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad, CBI has formed the opinion that the claim that the two girls were raped seems doubtful.

Sources in the CBI said today that the agency may drop the idea of exhuming the bodies now as the report from CDFD has given them enough forensic evidence which could help them crack the case.

They also said that the report confirms contradictions in the theory of rape.

The sources said the five accused-- Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav (brothers) and constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav--will be allowed to get bail as there are no clear evidence against them.

According to the law, an accused can get bail if CBI fails to file a charge sheet against them within 90 days that ends on August 28.

The sources said the report has been sent to the three- member medical board which has been formed here to look into the forensic and medical evidence related to the case.

The board has been asked by the agency to give its opinion this week after which CBI may announce cracking of the case.

Without revealing the findings, CBI sources said the report is a crucial evidence for the investigating team and the case may be cracked anytime now.

The two cousin sisters were found hanging from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh in the last week of May, an incident which sparked national outrage with the Samajwadi Party government in the state coming under fire on the issue of law and order situation.

The initial findings of CBI are in sync with the observations of Uttar Pradesh DGP A L Banerjee who had claimed that the rape of one of the victims was not confirmed and property could be one of the motives behind the crime.

He had said that a lot of evidence could have been collected immediately after the incident but the local police had made no extra effort to find it.

The case is heavily dependent on the scientific and forensic evidence after independent medical board could not exhume the bodies of the victims for fresh autopsy following heavy rains which resulted in flooding of their graves.

The panel then asked the agency to provide the belongings of the victims so that some samples can be taken for medical and forensic analysis, the sources said, adding that the board has also visited the crime scene.

The clearing of lie-detection test by the accused has put the needle of suspicion on the family. This suspicion grew strong as family members and an eyewitness failed the test.

The sources said the agency is now looking at the role of a local politician who allegedly influenced the family to put blame of the killing on the five accused-- Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav (brothers) and constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav-- who all belonged to a particular caste.

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OUTLOOK 19 August, 2014
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