NEW DELHI: The CBI on Friday registered a case in connection with the gang-rape of a woman and her daughter at Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.
“The case has been registered following an Allahabad High Court directive on August 12. Sections 395, 397, 376D and 342 of the Indian Penal Code, besides Section 4 of POCSO Act have been invoked,” said a CBI official. The Allahabad High Court ordered a CBI probe into the gang-rape incident after observing that the police investigation so far was “unsatisfactory”.
The agency has taken over the investigation of the case that was registered at Kotwali Dehat police station in Bulandshahr on the allegations of abduction, dacoity and gang-rape of the woman and her daughter by about half-a-dozen assailants in the fields of Dostpur village in the intervening night of July 29 and 30.
The Uttar Pradesh Police claim to have arrested five of the accused and one is absconding. Police arrested Raesuddin, Sahbaz and Zafar Singh two days after the incident and later arrested Saleem Bawariya, the alleged leader of a Bawariya gang, and two others Zubair and Sajid.The incident had taken place when six members of a Noida-based family were travelling to Shahjahanpur in UP. At the national highway passing through Bulandshahr, their car was stopped by criminals at Dostpur village. The assailants dragged the 13-year-old girl and her mother out and raped them in a field nearby.
The victims and their entire family identified the accused after they were shown around 50 photographs of criminals in the area.
The incident evoked huge outcry and received widespread criticism over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.