The family of the Unnao gang-rape victim on Sunday said that some goons of the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar were threatening the villagers to keep quiet. The family also claimed that two of their family members were missing for the last two days.
“Some goons of Kuldeep Sengar are threatening villagers to keep quiet. Yesterday they went there in two cars and threatened them to keep quiet or leave the village. Two people are missing,” said victim’s uncle.
BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district. The case came to the media limelight after the victim tried to self-immolate herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow.
Under pressure, Uttar Pradesh government handed over the case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which later arrested Sengar for questioning.
The MLA, however, told CBI during the investigation that he was in Kanpur on June 7, 2017, the day he was alleged to have committed the rape.
Sengar was sent to the CBI custody for seven days by a Lucknow Court on Saturday. The agency said it needed Sengar’s custody to question him at length. The CBI will also take him to Unnao to reconstruct the scene of the crime.
Apart from Sengar, CBI has also arrested one Shashi Singh, the 52-year-old woman who allegedly lured the victim to the BJP MLA’s house on the day of the crime.
According to the CBI sources, Singh has also claimed that she was in Kanpur with her husband on the day the alleged rape incident took place.
The 17-year-old teenager alleged that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh Sengar and other people gang-raped her at his residence on June 4, 2017.
After filing of the case, the victim’s father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 this year and kept under police custody on April 5.
Frustrated with the alleged inaction and coercion from powerful people, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8 which made headlines.
The next day, her father died in jail with post-mortem report suggesting serious injuries on his body.