Kanpur: Two days after a 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three men in her village in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, her father died Wednesday morning in a road accident, outside a hospital where she was taken for medical examination.
The father of two accused in the gang-rape case – Deepu Yadav and Saurabh Yadav – works as a sub-inspector with the Uttar Pradesh Police in the Kannauj district, about 100 km from Kanpur.
While a third accused, Golu Yadav, has been arrested. Meanwhile, the girl’s family members have levelled serious allegations against the police. They have also said that the family of the accused had been threatening them, ever since the gangrape case was filed. And the “police is complicit”.
“My son was killed… The police are complicit,” the grieving father of the man killed in the road accident told reporters Wednesday.
On Tuesday, another family member of the girl also told reporters that they were facing threats. “As soon as we filed the complaint, the elder brother of the main accused started threatening us. “Beware, my father is a sub-inspector; we will commit the same brutality again’,” the family member said.
Five teams to investigate
“While the medical examination was on, the father stepped out for a cup of tea. At the time, we have learnt that he was involved in a truck accident. The police have rushed him to a Kanpur hospital, but he died. We have filed an accident case and we are investigating,” Dr Preetinder Singh, Kanpur Police chief, said in a video statement earlier today.
The Kanpur Police had filed a case of gang-rape and criminal intimidation, based on a complaint by the girl’s father.
“The father filed a rape case and we had immediately acted on it. The survivor is fine. We have formed five teams to investigate the case,” Brijesh Shrivastava, a senior police official in Kanpur, said on Tuesday.
Amid outrage over the incident, in a tweet, the UP Police directed the Kanpur Police to “carry out swift investigations” in both cases. It also directed the police to recover the truck involved in the accident and to arrest the driver soon.
Reacting to the incident, Dr Alok Tiwari, District Magistrate, Kanpur, said: “The administration is with the survivor’s family.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced compensation. He said both the cases will be investigated swiftly, and no one will be spared. The guilty will face tough legal action. We are considering action under the National Security Act.”