Thursday, Sep 29, 2022

Police Says UP Government Ready For CBI Probe In Unnao Woman's Accident

The woman, who had accused Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Sengar of rape, was provided with three security guards but they were not accompanying her as there was no place in the car, the DGP said.

The car of the rape survivor after accident Twitter

The Uttar Pradesh government is ready for a CBI probe into the accident of the Unnao rape victim, who had accused a BJP legislator of rape, if a request is made, Director General of Police O P Singh said on Monday.

A car in which the woman, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members while leaving her and the advocate critically injured, police had said.

The truck was returning to Fatehpur after delivering red sand in Rae Bareli. The driver, cleaner and owner of the truck have been detained, said Rajeev Krishna, the additional director general, Lucknow zone.

The woman, who had accused Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Sengar of rape, was provided with three security guards but they were not accompanying her as there was no place in the car, the DGP Singh said.

Prima facie, it appeared to be an accident and an "unbiased" probe is on, Singh said.

"The state government is ready for recommending a CBI probe into the Sunday's mishap in Raebareli if the victim's mother or any relative makes any request in this regard," the officer told reporters here.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to bear all the expenses of the treatment of the two injured, who are admitted in the KGMU trauma centre, Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushalraj Sharma said.

An FIR has been registered in Rae Bareli on the complaint of Mahesh Singh, the woman's uncle who is lodged in district jail, said Rajeev Krishna.

"We have got a complaint in this regard by Mahesh Singh through the jailer and registration of an FIR is in process in Rae Bareli," Krishna said. "He has also given an application requesting a CBI probe into the matter. As soon as we get the letter, as the DGP has already said, a CBI probe may be recommended."

On reports that the number plate on the truck was blackened, the ADG said, "As per the owners claim, he did so to hide the number plate as the truck was financed and he did not give due instalments".

"We are verifying claims of the driver, owner and eyewitnesses. Tyre marks and sequence of the incident are being also considered during the probe," he said.

Krishna said the woman and her aunt, Pushpa Singh, who died in the incident, were CBI witnesses and the other two were not.

"It was an accident... If there was any conspiracy behind it, it is a matter of probe. All the allegations are being considered and will be part of the probe," the ADG added.

After the news of accident spread, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav alleged that it could be a conspiracy to kill her and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

"This incident has links with a BJP MLA and there is a BJP government in the state. There is 'jungle raj' in the state. The criminals are roaming fearlessly. Only a CBI probe will solve this mystery," Yadav said.

The Congress has also demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the road accident of the woman was "shocking".

"The road accident involving the Unnao rape victim is shocking. Where has the CBI probe in this case reached?" she asked on Twitter. "Why is the accused MLA still in the BJP? Why is there laxity in the security of the victim and the witnesses?"

"Can you hope for any justice from the BJP government without an answer to these questions," the Congress leader added.

A delegation of the SP and the Congress will be visiting the hospital here to meet the victim. Akhilesh is also likely to visit the trauma centre later in the day when he reaches Lucknow from New Delhi, party sources said.