Murder in police station: NHRC team meets girls family

Lakhimpur: An NHRC team on Tuesday recorded statements of family members of a 14-year-old girl, found hanging in a police station here, and inspected the scene of the crime even as a war of words intensified between the ruling BSP and the opposition parties over the incident.

A two-member team of the National Human Rights Commission, comprising IPS officers P S Rao and Anil Sharma, inspected the crime area in Nighasan Police station where the girl was allegedly murdered and examined the records.

The team, which arrived here this morning, visited the the girl`s house and recorded statements of her mother and brother, reportedly a witness to the incident, officials said.

The Commission, taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, had yesterday decided to send its own team for an on-the-spot inquiry. It also sought a detailed report from the UP DGP on the matter within four weeks.

The war of words accentuated between Congress and BSP with the opposition party demanding a CBI probe into the alleged rape and killing of the girl and the ruling party describing the allegation of sexual assault as "baseless and unfortunate".

A delegation of Congress party, led by state chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, met Governor B L Joshi and asked him to recommed a CBI probe into the rape and killing of the girl.

"We doubt whether in the CB-CID probe the reality would ever come out," Joshi told reporters in Lucknow.

"Why a 14-year-old girl would be murdered as proved in the second post mortem? Clearly she was murdered to hush up her rape," CLP leader Pramod Tiwari said. The delegation also demanded another post mortem by a team of SGPGI, Lucknow, and AIIMS doctors.

Under fire over the murder case, Chief Minister Mayawati shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging that various national commissions with behaving like political parties.

A BSP release in Lucknow said Mayawati, in her letter, regretted the role of the National Women Commission as well as NHRC saying while these commissions give undue importance to the minutest of happenings in UP, they remain silent on incidents and law and order situation in Congress-ruled states.

Rebutting the Congress` charges, a BSP spokesman said, "The state government has already taken stern steps and is committed to penalising people responsible for the incident.

Allegations of the opposition leaders are unfortunate and baseless."

He said on the directives of Mayawati, a second post mortem was conducted by a team of experts, including a lady doctor, from Lucknow which found that the girl did not commit suicide, but was murdered.

"In both the post mortems it was found that the girl was not raped. This allegation of rape being levelled by Congress leader Digvijay Singh and SP leader Azam Khan are not only wrong but also reflects irresponsible attitude," he said.

Uma Bharti, who rejoined the BJP recently, came down heavily on the Mayawati government over law and order situation in the state saying it has failed on all fronts.

"Law and order situation in the state has worsened and common man in the state is living in a fearful atmosphere," she said yesterday in Muzaffarnagar.

Missing since Friday evening, the girl was found hanging from a tree inside the premises of Nighasan Police Station. The victim`s mother in her complaint had alleged that her daughter was raped and murdered.

After the incident sparked an outrage, the state government rejected the earlier autopsy report and ordered a fresh post mortem by a panel of doctors from other districts.

It also removed Lakhimpur SP D K Rai and suspended three doctors who conducted the first post mortem besides ordering a CB-CID probe.

A CB-CID team, led by an SP, also visited Lakhimpur to probe the incident. Fact-finding teams of various political parties also met family members of the teenaged girl.

Several political parties also announced financial assistance to the bereaved family with the Congress offering Rs two lakh, the Peace Party Rs 1.21 lakh and the Samajwadi Party Rs one lakh.

The UPCC chief, accompanied by local MP Zafar Ali Naqvi, also met the family. Earlier, the party delegaton which met the Governor in Lucknow demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

The BJP, whose state president Surya Pratap Shahi visited Nighasan, demanded a third post mortem under the supervision of judicial officers.

Shahi demanded immediate resignation of Mayawati on moral grounds alleging her government had failed to provide security to the people.

Ajit Singh-led RLD demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident and an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the girl`s family.

The CPM (ML) while announcing to send a fact-finding committee tomorrow said its agitation would continue till the CBI probe was ordered.