Highly connected people involved in rape of deaf-mute inmate: BJP

Dehradun: Opposition BJP in Uttarakhand today reiterated its demand for a CBI probe into the case of sexual exploitation of a speech and hearing impaired inmate at a women’s shelter home here and alleged involvement of “highly connected” people.

“Though some arrests have been made in the case, the real culprits are still at large due to their connection with politically-influential people. Hence the state government should recommend a CBI inquiry into the case for the sake of impartial probe,” state BJP General Secretary Prakash Pant said in a statement here today.

A probe by the apex investigating agency alone could bring the real perpetrators of the crime to book, he said. A deaf-mute inmate of the city’s lone government-run shelter home for women in distress was allegedly sexually exploited by a staffer and made to undergo an abortion “in connivance with authorities at the facility”.

The Uttarakhand government constituted an SIT earlier this month to probe the case which has so far rounded up over half a dozen persons including the former Director of the shelter home and her deputy but the perpetrators of the crime are still at large.

Questioning the acquisition of 350 acres of tea estate land here by state government for smart city project, Pant said that there are acres of alternative land lying in abeyance between Sheeshambada and Asan Barrage in Vikasnagar area of the city which can be used for the purpose. The state government recently sent a proposal to the Centre for constructing a smart city in Dehradun on 350 acres of land acquired from two tea companies.

Pant also questioned the legality of an MOU signed between Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) with a Chinese University for developing the ambitious project without the state government’s proposal on smart city being cleared by the Centre.

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