Lucknow: The alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl inside a police station in Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh is slowly turning into a political battle between the Congress and the Mayawati government. The Congress on Monday attacked the Mayawati government over the alleged rape and murder case and claimed that the authorities were trying to shield the accused and the investigation into the case was a cover-up.
The victim's mother blamed the Uttar Pradesh police for the rape and murder of her daughter and claimed that the police offered her money to keep quiet.
"The officer-in-charge is offering me money to settle the case. They are offering me Rs 5 lakh," said the teen's mother.
"We are not satisfied with how the government is proceeding with the case. The CB-CID investigation is a cover-up. They are just trying to buy time. It's for sure she was raped and murdered in the police station and it was shown as a case of suicide. There should be an impartial inquiry," alleged Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Joshi demanded that all the accused should be booked for murder and sent to jail.
"Suspension is no punishment. They should be held under Section 302 (murder) and sent to jail. It is a shocking incident in Lakhmipur. They raped her and killed her and threatened the family. Police in Uttar Pradesh is non functional," said Joshi.
She also targeted the Chief Minister and claimed that Mayawati had no time to meet the victim's family members.
"The Chief Minister speaks on petty issues but never speaks on these matters. She never goes to meet people. It is a shameful incident and 16 people were suspended only because of media pressure," she said.
Congress' Zafar Ali Naqvi, the Lok Sabha MP from Kheri, also criticised the state government for the shoddy investigation into the case.
The National Commission for Women, too, called the investigations a cover-up by the police.
"This is a shocking incident. Police have been trying to cover it up. We are seeking for an action taken report. If they will not act immediately then we will have to summon the Director General of Police of the state," said Yasmin Abrar, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women.
Meanwhile, Inspector General Shibesh Kumar Singh said that the second post mortem of the girl's body has been carried out and the report will be available soon.
"Details from the second post mortem report will come out in a few hours. We went in for the second post mortem report as the first post mortem report says she wasn't raped with which the family is not satisfied," said Singh.
Under pressure, the Mayawati government also ordered a CB-CID investigation into the incident. Mayawati has also instructed her top police officers to meet with the girl's family. An FIR has also been lodged against a Sub Inspector and two constables for murder and tampering with evidence.
The National Human Rights Commission has also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and sent its own team to investigate the matter.
The girl was found dead outside a police station in Lakhimpur after being allegedly raped by the police personnel. Eleven policemen were suspended immediately after the incident.
It was alleged that the girl was raped by several policemen and then murdered, when she strayed into the police station while tending to cattle.
Her mother says that she saw two policemen come out and throw her daughter's body outside.