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Akhilesh yields, to ask for CBI to probe Badaun gang-rape of 2 sisters

Lucknow (UP), May 31 (PTI) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday decided to recommend a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the gang-rape and murder of two Dalit sisters in Badaun last Tuesday.

”The Chief Minister has decided to recommend a CBI probe into Badaun incident as demanded by family members of the victims demanded,” an official release said here.

The family of the two murdered teenage girls had demanded a CBI probe into the incident, saying they had no faith in local police as they felt it was “hand in glove” with the accused.

Two of the five accused named in the FIR are police constables. By Saturday morning, all five had been arrested.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who visited the village of the two sisters earlier on Saturday, also supported the family's demand for a CBI probe.

A team of the National Commission for Women (NCW) had also faulted the local police.

On Friday, the Chief Minister had ordered the constitution of a fast-track court to ensure justice to the victims' family and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to them.

Mayawati, the chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party, had also called for a CBI probe, while demanding of imposition of President's rule in the state over alleged failure of the Samajwadi Party government to maintain law and order.

Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi had said Friday that if family members of the girls want, she would recommend a CBI probe into the incident.

The two Dalit sisters, cousins aged 14 and 15 years, were allegedly gang-raped and murdered on the night of May 27, and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in Katra village the next morning.

All the five named in the FIR including police constables Sarvesh Yadav and Chhatrapal Yadav, and brothers Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav have been arrested. The FIR was registered against seven including two unnamed.

While the services of Sarvesh and Chhatrapal have been terminated, sub-inspector Ram Vilas Yadav had been suspended.


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