Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Sengar’s brother sent to police custody; updates

CBI remanded BJP MLA Sengar’s brother Atul Sengar and four other accused to police custody for four days in Unnao rape case. Read the top ten updates in the Unnao rape case.

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A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday remanded prime accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s brother Atul Singh and four other associates to a four-day police custody in connection with the Unnao rape case.
The rape survivor’s family has alleged that BLP MLA Sengar’s brother Atul Singh Sengar, along with his companions, had also raped the girl and thrashed the victim’s father to death over his refusal to withdraw the FIR.

A CBI official said: “The court has sent five accused — Atul Sengar, Bauaa, Vineet, Sonu and Shail — to four days in police custody. The agency has brought all the detainees to the Lucknow branch for further interrogation.

On the strict directions of the Allahabad High Court, the CBI has lodged a fresh fourth FIR in which it has mentioned Shashi Singh’s son Shubham Singh and Awadesh Tiwari as accused in the case of alleged kidnapping and gangrape of the Unnao minor. The CBI has also slapped the sections related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012.

The CBI court also recorded the statement of the 18-year-old Unnao gang rape victim under tight security before the magistrate. The statement was recorded under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Earlier, on April 15, Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s woman aide Shashi Singh had also been taken into a four-day custody by police authorities. Shashi Singh had allegedly lured the victim to Sengar on the day of the crime.

Upset over the rising number of rape cases in the country, ace Indian boxer M C Mary Kom expressed her concern and discontent, saying the present situation had left her feeling “hurt and helpless”.

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Here are the top 10 developments in the Unnao rape case involving BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and aides:

1. CBI remands Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s brother to police custody: In a major development, five accused including the brother of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar have been taken into the custody of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with Unnao rape case. The agency has brought all the detainees to the Lucknow branch for further interrogation.

According to the CBI officials, Bangarmau legislator’s brother was detained by the Uttar Pradesh police on April 10 and his associates were arrested on April 9. Reportedly, all the five accused were already in the judicial custody of Uttar Pradesh police.

2. CBI registers fourth case: In another significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been ordered to lodge a fresh fourth case in Unnao rape case. Following the strict instructions of Allahabad High Court, the central investigating agency has booked Shashi Singh’s son Shubham Singh and his aide Awadesh Tiwari under section 363 and 366 of the IPC. | Readmore…

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Kathua, Unnao rape case: Rahul leads mid-night march, targets Modi; updates

Kathua case: 8-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered in a Jammu temple. Rahul Gandhi led a midnight protest against Modi govt’s silence over Unnao rape case and Kathua

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march to the India Gate here on Thursday to protest the Kathua and Unnao minor rape cases and said it’s time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to walk the talk on ‘beti bachao’ (save the girl child). “We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this. This is a national issue and not a political one,” Gandhi said at the march in the heart of the national capital. On the Modi government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative, Gandhi said it was the right slogan and the Prime Minister must start work on ‘Beti Bachao’. The BJP was apparently caught unawares about the protest, with Congress workers from Delhi and neighbouring areas rushing to the venue on the call of their party leader. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its “slumber”.

Here’s what happened according to Kathua gang rape and murder chargesheet: 8-year-old Asifa Bano had been missing in Rasana village since January 10. On January 17, her mutilated body was found, bearing the marks of gang rape. This week, local lawyers tried to prevent the police from filing the charge sheet, and the Jammu High Court Bar Association called for a bandh on Wednesday demanding that the investigation be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The chargesheet lists as the main conspirator the caretaker of the temple in Rasana where Asifa was allegedly held. The girl was gang-raped repeatedly inside a village temple and kept sedated for hours before being killed by six men, including one who had been “invited” to come all the way from Meerut to “satisfy his lust”, the police have told a court. The kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl of the Bakherwal community at the Rassana area of Kathua was part of a planned, chilling strategy to instill fear and drive the nomadic tribe out of the region, reveals the 15-page charge-sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in the chief judicial magistrate’s court.

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In the midst of the investigation, lawyers of the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHBA) undertook protests, demanding a CBI probe into the matter.

Meanwhile, Modi and his party members on Thursday kept a day-long fast against the washout of the second part of Parliament’s budget session due to disruptions.

Top 10 developments on Kathua gangrape, murder of 8-year-old girl, protests by Rahul Gandhi, celebrities and citizens:

1. Rahul Gandhi leads midnight protest at India Gate: Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a midnight protest by the party workers at India Gate here against the “slumber” of Narendra Modi government over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and to seek justice for the victims. The candle-light protest on Thursday midnight was called at a short notice and saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support. Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Sushmita Dev walked from the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road to the India Gate along with hundreds of party workers holding candles.

Rahul Gandhi joined the protest around midnight. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra were also present, along with their daughter. He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country.

2. What Rahul Gandhi said: He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. “We want the government to take action. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. The women of the country should feel safe,” he said. Gandhi said it was a national issue and not a political issue. “This is an issue concerning women,” he said, adding that people from all parties as well as the common man was at the India Gate. “I only want to say that the atrocities being committed against women, the government should do something about it.”

He said Modi’s slogan of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” was a correct slogan. “We are saying that Narendra Modi should begin the task of protecting women of the country,” he said.

3. Under Modi govt “Betis are under threat”: A number of student and women organisations on Thursday protested at the Parliament Street against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and questioned the silence of Modi. The protesters also alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of keeping silent on the issue. “Two gruesome incidents of rape have shocked the nation; not just for the horrific nature of the crime, but also for the ruling party, the BJP trying to shield the accused, with its sitting ministers even going on to support bandhs and rallies against arresting of the rape accused,” All India Students Association state secretary Niraj Kumar said.

Unnao rape victim to CM Yogi: ‘Want justice’; BJP MLA still free; updates

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping an 18-year-old girl, is a four-term lawmaker from Bangarmau

Unnao gang rape case

The uproar over the death in custody of the father of an 18-year-old girl who alleged she had been raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar saw the UP police arresting Atul Singh, the MLA’s brother. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on the mysterious death of a rape victim’s father in police custody in Unnao, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a detailed report. The NHRC has said the allegations, if true, raise serious issues of violation of human rights of the victim’s family.

The Commission has issued a notice to the state’s Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, calling for a detailed report in the matter, including action taken against the delinquent police officials, who refused to register an FIR. It also expects from the DGP, an explanation for not communicating the custodial death to the Commission within 24 hours.

“All the reports, including health screening report of the deceased at the time of his admission in the jail and medical treatment provided by the jail authorities, are to be sent. They have been given four weeks to respond,” the NHRC said.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh Police set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into a girl’s accusations that she had been gang-raped by BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others and the subsequent death of her father in police custody. The girl’s father was being forced to withdraw the case against Sengar. Upon his refusal, he was picked up by police late on Sunday and was allegedly roughed up by Atul Singh and his aides while in custody. Taken to the hospital with 18 wounds and gashes, abdominal pain and vomiting, he died soon after.

Here are the top ten developments in the Unnao rape case and the custodial death of the victim’s father:

1. BJP MLA and UP cops family-ties come in the way of justice: The brother of Unnao gangrape victim’s father told Indian Express, “a police officer told them that they share family relations with BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and they cannot work under pressure from the administration and government so, we should go to court.”

2. Yogi Adityanath directs home department to ensure SIT probe: Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed the Home Department to ensure that Special Investigation Team (SIT) visits Unnao district tomorrow and give its first report by evening in connection with the custodial death of rape victim’s father.

3. Girl who alleged rape has to hide: Stopped by the police when they tried to immolate themselves last Sunday near the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow to protest police inaction. According to media reports, the family turned to Unnao District Magistrate Ravi Kumar NG for help. Reports said that he had arranged for their stay at a government guest house. However, the victim on Wednesday alleged, “the DM has confined me to a hotel room, they are not even serving me water. I just want the culprit to be punished.” She appealed to chief minister Yogi Adityanath to provide her justice.

Sangeeta Sengar, wife of accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar, met DGP OP Singh in Lucknow, says, ‘I have come to plead for justice for my husband.’

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Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Sengar killed my father, says victim; 10 updates

The BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar rejected the charge as a conspiracy by criminals

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

Atul Singh, the brother of a rape-accused BJP MLA, was arrested in Unnao on Tuesday. According to a police spokesperson, a crime branch team arrested Atul Singh Sengar, on the directions of the state police chief. An 18-year-old girl alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers. On Monday, her father died in custody in Unnao. The postmortem report, according to the police states the rape-victim’s father died of “shock and septicemia”. The girl on the other hand says her father was brutally beaten up by the BJP lawmaker’s brother while lodged in while Uttar Pradesh police custody.

The BJP lawmaker rejected the charge as a conspiracy by his opponents. He further said that the complainant belonged to a “low class”. “They are low-status people (“nimn star ke log hain”)… This is a conspiracy by criminals,” Sengar told reporters.

The woman’s father, aged around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail late Sunday night. He died during treatment on 9 April, officials said. He was arrested on 5 April under the Arms Act, they added. Four accused – Sonu, Baua, Vinit and Shailu – named in the FIR registered on April 4 for beating up Pappu had been arrested. The complaint was lodged by Asha Singh wife of Surendra Singh alias Pappu. He was arrested on April 5 under the Arms Act after he was allegedly beaten up by Anil Singh, the MLA’s brother.

Here are the top 10 developments surrounding the Unnao rape case:

1. BJP MLA’s brother arrested: Atul Singh, the brother of a rape-accused BJP MLA, was arrested in Unnao on Tuesday, police said. According to a police spokesperson, a crime branch team arrested Atul Singh Sengar, on the directions of the state police chief.

2. Complainant belonged to a ‘low class’, says BJP MLA: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar rejected the rape charge as a conspiracy by his opponents. He further said that the complainant belonged to a “low class”. “They are low-status people (“nimn star ke log hain”)… This is a conspiracy by criminals,” Sengar told reporters.

3. Want BJP MLA to be hanged till death, says alleged rape victim: “Kuldeep Singh (Sengar) isn’t being arrested. I don’t know if his brother is arrested. I demand that they be hanged till death. They’ve made my life miserable. I want justice. They killed my father”, says 18-year-old girl who was allegedly gangraped by the BJP lawmaker and his brother.

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4. Accused BJP MLA refuses to resign: Bhartiya Janata Party Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar refused to resign from his post following the allegations of rape against him. Speaking to the media, Sengar said, “If somebody’s name crops up into some issue does not mean that he shall resign”. He further went on to dismiss the entire incident by saying that the allegations are completely wrong.

5. Rape victim’s father died of shock, says postmortem: Postmortem report states ’cause of death shock and septicemia due to peritonitis and ascending colon perforation’, says Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order.

Chief Medical Officer of Unnao, SP Chaudhary said, “When the patient was brought here his intestine had been damaged and hence he contacted an infection, as a result he went into shock and later passed away”.

6. ‘Man died of vomiting and abdominal pain’: Earlier the police claimed that the girl’s father died of abdominal pain. “The man was admitted to the hospital last night after he complained of abdominal pain and vomiting. He passed away in the early morning hours,” Dr Atul, District hospital of Unnao said about the father of the alleged rape victim.

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7. ‘Victim’s father killed by police’: Surendra Singh, whose daughter accused BJP legislator from Unnao Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her, was picked up by police late on Sunday and was apparently beaten mercilessly by four aides of the legislator as well as police personnel. An official said the man had serious injuries on his body and was not taken to a hospital till late in the night. A doctor at the district hospital, where he was eventually taken, told the media that he was brought with serious abdominal pain and vomiting.

The 18-year-old girl claimed that her father sustained multiple injuries after he was beaten up by the BJP MLA’s brother and some of his accomplices a few days ago. The victim’s family further alleged that the MLA’s brother had thrashed the woman’s father on April 3 for refusing to withdraw the FIR, but the police booked the father instead and locked him up.

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