SIT visits Hathras victim’s family at Bulgarhi again; to probe alongside CBI
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old in Hathras reached the Bulghari village on Sunday to meet the family members of the victim.
This is the second visit of the Special Investigation Team since Saturday after a CBI probe was ordered. The SIT is headed by Under Secretary (Home) Bhagwan Swaroop and comprises two IPS rank officers.
The SIT members said their probe would continue in parallel with that of the CBI’s. The SIT has to submit its report within seven days. Four days have already past.
Following nationwide outrage over the Dalit teen’s alleged rape by four “upper caste” men on September 14 and her death at the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi last Tuesday, the probe was ordered.
The victim was apparently partially paralysed after being dragged on a field by the neck with her ‘dupatta’ and was admitted to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University.
Almost 10 days later she had the strength to relate her ordeal to the police. Her condition deteriorated on September 28 and she was shifted to Safdarjung hospital, where she died the next day.
The Uttar Pradesh government on October 2 evening suspended Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Station Inspector and some other officials over the way her last rites were performed in the dead of the night.