The father of an 18-year-old woman, who had alleged rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers, died in custody on Monday, prompting her to put the blame on the lawmaker.
A defiant Sengar, however, rejected the charge as a conspiracy by his opponents and said the complainant belonged to a "low class", even as six policemen were suspended and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured whosoever is guilty will not be spared.
On Tuesday, lawmaker's brother Atul Singh along with three others have been arrested in connection with death of victim's father in jail. Atul Singh was arrested from Unnao on the directions of the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) DGP UP, by the Lucknow crime branch team led by Superintendent of Police (SP) (crime) Dinesh Singh. However, the victim claimed that she was unaware of the arrest and urged that the accused be hanged till death.
"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," she said.
The woman's father, aged around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail on Sunday night and died during treatment on Monday, an officials said. He was arrested on April 5 under the Arms Act, they added. Significantly, a case had been registered against four persons a few days back on a complaint by the deceased's wife that he was beaten up.
"The four accused -- Sonu, Baua, Vinit and Shailu -- named in the FIR registered on April 4, 2018 for beating up the deceased had been arrested," Superintendent of Police, Unnao, Pushpanjali Devi said.
"This is a case of highhandedness because the political power and support that such men like Mr Sengar get from the government, from the CM himself. I think this is something extremely brazen," leading activist Ranjana Kumari said adding that this was a typical case of a politician trying to "bully and bulldoze" people.
"The language he is using is really typical of rooky MLAs," she said demanding a proper inquiry in the woman's allegations.
Under fire, Chief Minister Adityanath sought a report into the custodial death. "The incident is unfortunate. ADG, Lucknow, has been asked to give his report and probe the matter, and if any policeman is found guilty, action will be taken. Whosoever is guilty will not be spared," Adityanath said.
According to UP Power Minister Shrikant Sharma, a magisterial probe had also been ordered. The Unnao SP said six policemen, including SHO, Makhi, Ashok Kumar Singh, an outpost in charge and four beat constables were suspended. UP Director General of Police O P Singh said a Lucknow Police team had been constituted to probe the entire matter. "Whosoever is found guilty, strict action will be taken. None will be spared," he said.
Asked about the allegations against Sengar, the DGP said, "Till now these are allegations. Probe is on. Action will be taken against those found guilty."