CBI takes over probe into Hathras case amid outrage

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By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 10, 2020 9:42:01 pm

Flowers spread on the funeral pyre of the 19-year-old girl. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

The Centre on Saturday issued a notification that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will take over the investigation into the alleged gangrape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. The agency probe teams will be dispatched to the crime scene along with forensic experts immediately after the registration of an FIR, PTI quoted officials.

The state government  led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recommended a CBI probe into the Hathras case after it faced intense criticism from the Opposition over its handling of the case, including her hurried cremation without the family’s presence. The Opposition parties also called for the CM’s resignation even as some critical voices within the BJP have come to fore.

The woman was allegedly raped by four upper caste men on September 14 and was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in an extremely critical condition. She died two weeks later on September 29.

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