Mulayam assures strict action as Centre seeks a report
Meerut/Lucknow : Two more people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the alleged rape and forced religious conversion of a young woman in Meerut taking to five the total number of arrests in the incident even as the situation in the district is tense but under control.
As the incident sparked an outrage, the Centre sought a
detailed report from Uttar Pradesh government at the earliest while her family demanded a CBI probe.
“One company of Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deputed apart from police teams in the district to avert any untoward incident where situation is tense but under control,” Meerut District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav said, adding two more people were arrested today. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said stern action would be taken against those responsible for the incident. Three people who were among the accused in the incident in which the 20-year-old woman was first allegedly abducted were taken into custody yesterday in the first arrests in the case.
The victim’s brother told PTI over telephone that a CBI robe should be initiated for a fair investigation and to bring culprits to justice.
The victim was on Tuesday produced before the Meerut District Upper Civil Judge Neetu Yadav where her statement was recorded under Section 164 of CrPC, police said.
According to police, the woman will be taken to hospital again to ascertain whether any internal organ was taken out. The victim’s family had suspected that a reproductive organ may have been taken out as a cut mark was evident on her stomach, police said.
The Union Home Ministry, meanwhile, has asked the UP government to give a detailed factual report on the incident at the earliest, official sources said in New Delhi.
In a complaint, the woman’s father alleged that his daughter was abducted on July 23 and taken to a madrassa in Kharkhauda, where she was raped by some of the accused. They also forcefully made her sign some papers related to religious conversion, he had alleged.
ISSUE RAISED IN HOUSE
BJP member Rajinder Aggarwal on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged abduction and rape of a girl in Meerut district after forcible religious conversion.
This led to a verbal clash between BJP and SP members, with the latter protesting against the BJP’s charges and some BJP members, including Giriraj Singh, were heard demanding President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh.