'Will quit politics if....': Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad's challenge to UP CM Yogi Adityanath
'Will quit politics if....': Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad's challenge to UP CM Yogi Adityanath
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Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday challenged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to investigate the allegation which has been recently made against him in the backdrop of the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit girl died by four Thakur men in Hathras.

The allegation is that Azad's Bhim Army and some other outfits received funds to the tune of Rs 100 crore for instigating riots in Hathras. Bhim Army was also alleged to be in cahoots with the Popular Front of India (PFI), which has been accused of inciting tension during the anti-CAA protests.

However, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday clarified that they have found no links between the Bhim Army and PFI. The ED also said that the talks of Rs 100 crore being recovered is untrue.

Hitting out at the UP CM, Chandrashekhar Azad said, "I challenge Yogi Adityanathji to institute any kind of probe. Forget Rs 100 crore, even if Rs one lakh is found in my possession, I will quit politics, otherwise you (Yogi) should quit your post. My life is dedicated to my dignity. My expenses are borne by my community."

Meanwhile, the family members of the victim will appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court amid tight security on Monday.

Hathras Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal on Saturday told PTI that the district judge of Hathras has been appointed as the nodal officer for the appearance of the Hathras victim's family member before the high court.

The police and district administration are working on an elaborate plan in this regard as to how many family members will go and when they will depart from Hathras.

"The Hathras Police will be responsible for their security and a detailed plan is being made," Jaiswal said.

Sixty security personnel have been deployed and eight close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the house of the alleged gangrape victim in her village in Bulgarhi area here to ensure the safety of her family members, according to police.

DIG Shalabh Mathur, who has been sent to Hathras from Lucknow as a nodal officer, had told PTI on Friday that if needed a control room would also be established there.

With the help of CCTV cameras, the house of the victim was being monitored round-the-clock, police said.

The Hathras SP said a register of visitors was being maintained by policemen at the entry of the house.

"Shocked" by the alleged gang-rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman and her forcible cremation subsequently, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on October 1 had summoned top government officials to the court.

A division bench of Justice Rajan Roy and Justice Jaspreet Singh had ordered the Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary, state police chief and an additional director general of police to appear before it on October 12 to explain the incident.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the case, which has triggered widespread outrage, the bench also ordered Hathras district magistrate and superintendent of police to appear with to apprise the court of various aspects of the case, including the ongoing probe into it.

"The incidents which took place after the death of the victim on September 29, 2020 leading up to her cremation, as alleged, have shocked our conscience. Therefore, we are taking suo moto cognizance of the same," the bench had said in its order.

The bench had also asked the late woman's parents to come to the court to apprise it of their versions of the incident and ordered the Hathras district administration to arrange for their travel to the court and facilitate their appearance before it.

(With PTI inputs)

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