The whole family is in a way under house arrest conditions and their normal social life has been cut off, PUCL members Kamal Singh, Farman Naqvi, Alok, Shashikant and K B Maurya told reporters.
Journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested on October 5 while he was on his way to Hathras, home to the young Dalit woman who died after being gang-raped.
According to the victim’s elder brother, the CBI officials questioned him about the claims being made by local residents that he killed his own sister.
The role of the district police came under scanner after they rushed to cremate the victim’s body at 2:45 am on September 30 allegedly against the wish of the family.
It may be recalled that the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had taken a suo-motu cognizance of the case, especially the issue of cremation of the victim girl.
Since colonial era, Dalits in this region were more prosperous than their counterparts in UP
The Supreme Court had recently ordered that security be provided to the victim’s family and witnesses in the case.
Those arrested included a Kerala journalist, Siddique Kappan, who has not filed any bail application so far.
A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, killed and then set on fire. Her half-burnt body was found at a house in a village in Tanda in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday.
She is the wife of Chandra Prakash, DIG of Police Training Centre, Unnao, UP police said.
A senior STF official said that the team probing the conspiracy angle will soon visit the scene of the crime to investigate and collect facts.
The victim’s brothers have even urged the authorities concerned to shift the gang rape-murder case to Delhi.
The SIT was supposed to submit its report earlier on October 7, but following the directions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, the time given to them was extended by 10 days.
Shelke said his organisation has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind urging him to ensure strict punishment to the accused in the case.
Justice Navin Chawla said if the man’s complaint is found to be correct, the government should act on it expeditiously by issuing necessary directions to Facebook, Google and Twitter in this regard.