Hathras gangrape case: SIT completes probe, likely to submit report today


The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to investigate the Hathras case, has completed its probe and will submit its report soon, said sources on Friday.


The SIT probe was ordered on September 30 after a 19-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries. The SIT was supposed to submit its report earlier on October 7, but following the directions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, the time given to them was extended by 10 days.

The 19-year-old victim was brutally gang-raped in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on September 14. She was initially rushed to JN Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh, but was shifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital after her condition deteriorated.

She had suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a gash in her tongue in the horrific assault. She kept fighting for her life for 15 days, but finally succumbed to her injuries.

Her mortal remains were taken to her native place, where the UP Police and administration allegedly cremated her body without the family's consent or presence.

The Yogi Adityanath government is fighting severe criticism for its handling of the case, particularly after the local police burnt the woman's body at night without the family's approval. However, officials said the cremation was done "as per the wishes of the family".

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against an accused and took up the investigation of the Hathras incident on Sunday.

The CBI registered the case on the request of the Uttar Pradesh government and "further notification from the Government of India."

The case has been registered at ACB Ghaziabad on Sunday under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989).

The suspected offences as per the FIR are rape, attempt to murder, and gang rape.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB, Ghaziabad) Seema Pahuja, has been named the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case.

The agency has constituted a team and further investigation is underway.


With inputs from Agency

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