Lucknow: “They raped my daughter, then they killed my husband, they sent my brother-in-law to jail and now they are trying to kill my daughter! It’s all happening on the directions of Kuldeep Singh Sengar,” said the mother of Unnao rape survivor. Her allegation comes after the car in which the survivor of the rape was travelling with her lawyer and family members, collided with a truck in Raebareli district on Sunday. The girl has received severe injuries and is being treated at the King George Medical University's trauma centre in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, the police have confirmed that a murder case has been launched against the BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar following the crash that also killed two women.
“My daughter will not be alive if not immediately taken to a better hospital in Delhi or Mumbai. The doctors are also hopeless. And we do not have enough money for the treatment,” the girl’s mother told NewsClick.
‘Sengar has done it’
Blaming the Unnao MLA and the main accused in the 2017 gangrape case, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, for the accident, the mother of the survivor said, “The accident has been carried out on the orders of Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The aunt of my daughter who was one of the main witnesses in this case has been killed in the accident. We demand a CBI enquiry in this case and immediate transfer of my daughter and the advocate to Delhi as a few people [in Delhi] have assured us of a good and free of cost treatment there."
She also alleged that the henchmen of Kuldeep Singh Sengar were constantly threatening the family and were pressurising them to withdraw the case. Recently, the victim and her family had submitted a complaint to the police saying that extreme pressure was being exerted on her so that she withdraws the case.
Soon after the incident, reports have suggested that the truck with which the victim’s car collided had its number plate blackened. Several purported photos posted on social media show the number plate of the truck involved in the accident was blacked out.
Meanwhile, police have also confirmed that despite the security cover that had been provided to the rape survivor and her family, no personnel was present with her when the “accident” took place.
"The biggest concern as of now for me is that Sengar is getting all the witnesses killed and he is giving all the orders from inside the jail," said the mother.
Speaking to NewsClick, Vikram Singh, former DGP of the Uttar Pradesh Police, said: "It is extremely unfortunate incident and I do hope it is an accident. There are three things which police need to investigate. First, whether the driver was in touch with Sengar or his men; second, why and where the number plate of the truck was blackened. Since it happened on a major highway, it is highly suspicious. The last but important point is the relationship between the security personnel and the subject."
It should also be noted that just after the girl and her family filed a case against Sengar and his associates in 2018, Sengar’s men had allegedly attacked the victim’s father who died of internal injuries after some days.
Where is Yogi, asks Maliwal
Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal reached the hospital and met the victim. “I met the victim and her condition is really critical; her lawyer’s condition is even worse. The girl is on a ventilator and the doctors are saying she may not survive. She immediately needs to be airlifted and sent to a good hospital in Delhi for two reasons. First, this hospital is not equipped to handle her situation and the second, there is a direct threat to her life in this hospital.”
Raising questions on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s approach in the case, Maliwal said, “I am very concerned about what Yogi Adityanath and what his government is doing in UP. Because it’s been around 24 hours and nobody has moved. I have managed to come from Delhi to get the hang of the situation but neither Yogi Adiyanath nor any of his representatives have come to the hospital to meet the victim.
“I don’t understand why is Kuldeep Sengar is sill the Unnao MLA. It’s completely bizarre. Why has Yogi Adityanath cancelled his party membership and his legislature? Also, we appeal to the Supreme Court to immediately take cognisance of the matter and transfer the case from here (UP) to Delhi. And ensure a court-monitored probe within the next 15-20 days.”
All expenses to be borne by the state: DM
Meanwhile office of the District Magistrate, Lucknow has said, “State government will bear all medical expenses for treatment of both injured in Rae Bareli accident case who are admitted to KGMU trauma centre. The Vice Chancellor of the medical university has been requested to forward the brief details of all the expenses done so far to Lucknow district administration and not to charge anything from the families of injured people.”
Additional Director General, Lucknow zone, Rajeev Krishna, during a press conference said, "The medical condition of the victim and her advocate remain critical and is being closely monitored. They are being provided the best possible treatment in Lucknow and the police inquiries are on. An FIR is being lodged on the complaint of victim’s uncle Mahesh Singh in the Raebareli case. A forensic team has been sent to the accident spot.”
Talking about the CBI inquiry in the case, the ADG said, “The case will be transferred to CBI if the family demands. The driver, cleaner and owner of the truck have been detained.”
Meanwhile, a five-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also visited the hospital and spoke to the victim’s mother briefly.
(With inputs from Abdul Alim Jafri)
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