After facing flak for the poor handling of the Hathras gang-rape and murder case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has criticised the Opposition for leading protests on the issue. Yogi Adityanath has accused the opposition parties of hatching conspiracies. He has alleged that the Opposition is doing politics on the basis of caste, region and religion.
Yogi Adityanath told a news agency that the Opposition cannot see development in the state and therefore, they are hatching new conspiracies. He said people who have been dividing the society on the basis of caste, region and religion continue to do so.
The UP CM also said that people must recognise those who are doing politics on the death of a person.
Notably, Yogi Adityanath’s reaction comes at a time when several opposition leaders are meeting the family of the deceased and assuring them of justice, whereas the UP government is facing flak for the highhandedness with which the issue was handled.
Several political personalities including MLAs and MPs have either met or attempted to meet the Dalit family.
Uma Bharti criticised Yogi Adityanath
BJP leader Uma Bharti on October 2 had said that due to the suspicious actions of the police in the Hathras incident, the image of the Uttar Pradesh government and the BJP has been hit.
She posted a series of nine tweets to clarify her stand in the issue. She had asked the CM to allow the media and politicians to meet the family.
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Uma Bharti wrote: “She was a daughter of a Dalit family. She was cremated by the police in a hurry and now the family and the village police are under siege.”
“At first I thought that I should not say anything because you must be taking action in this regard. However, the manner in which the police have laid a siege to the village and the victim’s family is concerning, no matter what the arguments in its favour may be,” she said.
“We have just laid the foundation stone of the Ram Temple and have claimed to bring Ram Rajya to the country ahead but due to the suspicious actions of the police on this incident, the image of Uttar Pradesh government and the BJP has been hit,” she said.
Hathras gang-rape case history
A 19-year-old woman was attacked on September 14 at Hathras village. She told the cops that she was dragged by her dupatta into the fields where she had been cutting grass.
The family later found her in the fields, naked and bleeding, with injuries on her neck and back.
She suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue in the assault. The injuries to her neck left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, media reports said.
Her family has alleged that the police did not help them initially and only reacted after public outrage over the incident.
UP police denied that her tongue was cut off and said she bit her tongue when her attackers were trying to strangle her.
News of her death led to protests outside the hospital with the Bhim Army of Chandrashekhar Azad blocking roads for 10-15 minutes and protesters chanting ‘hang the rapists’. There has been an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities and others.
The UP police initially registered an attempt to murder case but added rape charges only after the woman’s formal statement. They have denied the family’s allegation of slow response.
The victim’s family alleged that the body was cremated by the police in a hurry in the dead of the night and the family and relatives were not allowed to have a last look.
Meanwhile, the UP police are now claiming that no rape had happened, citing a forensic report.
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