Home Ministry yet to receive formal communication from U.P. government

The Central Bureau of Investigation is awaiting a notification from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to take over the probe into the gang rape and murder of two minor girls at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh.

Following public outrage over the gruesome murders at Katra Sahadat Ganj village, U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday decided to transfer the case to the CBI.

“State seeks probe”

“As per the rules, the State government writes to the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI probe into any case. The recommendation is forwarded to the DoPT, which issues the necessary notification,” said an official.

While the Home Ministry is yet to receive a formal communication from the U.P. government, non-government organisation Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has sought action against the police officers responsible for “shielding” the accused in the gang-rape and murder of the two cousins.

“Adding to this absolutely failed state of policing is the fact that the head of the local police outpost had ignored previous complaints of harassment of the girls. The horrible incident is another demonstration of the complete breakdown of law and order in Uttar Pradesh and the fear under which the poor live,” said a CHRI statement.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, Uttar Pradesh registered 23,569 cases of crimes against women in 2012.

CHRI has also demanded that the accused police officers be booked under Section 166A (disobeying directions under the law) of the Indian Penal Code.

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