Parties slam Akhilesh govt over Bulandshahr rape case

FILE: File photo of Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav with his father and supremo of ruling Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav. Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav with his father and supremo of ruling Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Photo – PTI

Uttar Pradesh Police claimed to have held three of the accused involved in the brutal gangrape of a woman and her teenage daughter by bandits on gunpoint on Friday night after the Samajwadi Party government came under intense flak over the incident.

UP DGP Javeed Ahmed, who was rushed to Bulandshahr by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after the incident at village Dostpur here on Delhi-Kanpur highway came into limelight, identified the three detained as Naresh (25), Bablu(22) and Rais (28).

He said police had taken into custody 15 persons, all of them belonging to a nomadic tribe, last evening and interrogated them.

Three of the held who belonged to Bawariya gang have been identified by the victims and all the culprits would be booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA), he said.

As the incident, which occurred near bypass when the family from Noida was from travelling to Shahjahanpur on NH-91, acquired a political hue, the Chief Minister went into a fire-fighting mode and suspended SSP Bulandshahr Vaibhav Kishan, SP city Rammohan Singh , Circle Officer (Sadar) Himanshu Gaurav and SHO Ramsen Singh of Kotwali Dehat, amid  allegations of laxity by police.

The DGP accompanied by Principal Secretary (Home) visited the site of the incident on the direction of the CM.

Attacking the Samajwadi Party government over the brutal gangrape of a woman and her teenage daughter in Bulandshahr, opposition parties today alleged that ‘jungleraaj’ prevailed in Uttar Pradesh.

“The SP government and its head must tell the people if they can return the modesty of women in such a painful and heinous crime,” BSP supremo Mayawati said.

She alleged that there was complete ‘jungleraaj’ in the state and criminal elements were roaming freely.

Demanding action against culprits, she said action should be taken against policemen for laxity.

Hitting out at the Akhilesh Yadav government, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “When will this end? It shows that the state government has collapsed on every front. They cannot save the honour of a daughter. It is shameful and they should step down.”

BJP MP from Bulandshahr Bhola Singh said, “It is a sad, painful incident.

My sympathies with the family. I have talked to the police and am in touch with the administration. Those guilty should be held at the earliest and punished.”

“When a woman accompanied by her family is not safe, how would those alone be safe? Under Samajwadi Party rule, even the streets are not safe let along the highways. In villages, girls and women cannot go out of homes… it’s ‘goonda raj’,” he said.

Taking cognisance of the case, the National Commission for Women said it has sent a member to meet the victims and officials in Uttar Pradesh but added that it finds little cooperation from the state administration in such cases.

NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam also questioned the genuineness of the detentions made by police in the case.

( With agency inputs)