On 28 July, the Unnao woman who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar met with an accident in a head-on collision with a truck with blacked-out number plates. Following this report, Kuldeep Sengar has now been booked for murder and for attempt to murder.
Even though Uttar Pradesh police said that the truck driver has been arrested and that the case will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), several political parties have raised charges of foul play, both in the Parliament and outside. The incident has also sparked protests in the National Capital.
The state police has said that they will conduct a free and fair probe. The issue has been raised in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The opposition leaders have demanded a thorough probe into the matter. The police has now filed a case against 10 people. According to PTI, an FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120B (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons including Sengar, his brother Manoj Singh Sengar and his aides.
UP Director General of Police O.P. Singh has said,
A primary probe suggests it was purely an accident caused by a speeding truck. The truck driver and owner have been arrested. If the family demands a CBI inquiry into the case, we’ll hand over the case to the CBI. There was no negligence in her security. She requested the personnel deputed for security not to accompany her to Raebareli yesterday because of lack of space in the vehicle
The minor girl’s mother has termed the incident a ‘conspiracy‘ to wipe out her entire family.
It was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us. The son of a co-accused in the case, Shashi Singh, and another youth of the village had threatened us. They said that they will deal with us.
2 days after the accident, a letter written by her family to the Supreme Court has come out. In the letter dated 12 July, the rape survivor’s mother, sister and aunt alleged that they were being constantly threatened by Sengar’s men. They said that Sengar’s brother Manoj Singh and his accomplice Shashi Singh’s husband and son had come to their home and threatened them with dire consequences if they don’t withdraw their case against the MLA.
Sengar was also chargesheeted in 2018, by the CBI for criminal conspiracy relating to the case of the murder of the minor girl’s father.