The Uttar Pradesh government in a late night decision on Monday decided to refer to the CBI the investigation into the case of the Rae Bareli accident suffered by the Unnao rape survivor and her family. A formal request has been sent to the Centre.
Earlier in the day, jailed BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who faces charges of gang rape, was booked for criminal conspiracy and murder in connection with the accident in which the survivor and her lawyer were seriously injured, while her two aunts were killed when a truck rammed the car they were travelling in.
The FIR against Sengar was lodged at the Gurbakshganj police station in Rae Bareli on a complaint from the survivor’s uncle who has been in prison since February.
His wife was one of the victims of Sunday’s fatal collision. The four persons were travelling to meet him when the accident took place.
The BJP MLA was booked for murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation. The FIR mentions 10 persons including Sengar, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar and his aides, and 15 to 20 other unidentified persons.
In his complaint, the uncle said he and his family had faced repeated threats from the MLA and his men and were being intimidated to change their statements in court or reach a compromise with the MLA in the gang rape case. They have been threatened that if they didn’t agree to a compromise, they would be killed one way or the other, said the complaint says.
The uncle also said that whenever he went to Unnao for a hearing in his case, the MLA’s men reminded him that “the government is with the MLA.”
‘Intent to kill’
The uncle’s complaint says the driver of the truck which hit the car in which his family was travelling, was associated with the MLA. The collision was orchestrated with an “intent to kill,” he said.
In a separate application, the uncle of the survivor requested the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer the Rae Bareli accident case to the CBI. The agency is already probing the gang rape case and the custodial death of the survivor’s father. Kuldeep Singh Sengar is the main accused in all cases.