Uttar Pradesh DGP A L Banerjee is facing Opposition flak for saying on Saturday that they were exploring other theories in the death of two cousins in Badaun’s Katra Sadatganj village. However, The Indian Express has found that there are many inconsistencies in what has been considered a case of rape and murder so far.
A team of forensic specialists that visited the village over Friday and Saturday has told police that the scene of the alleged rape was possibly not the mango tree where the girls were found hanging, but a patch of Eucalyptus trees a few metres away, sources said.
The team also found no forensic evidence to show that the scuffle described by “eyewitness” Babu Ram, whom the girls called “uncle”, took place where he said it had. Ram claimed to have seen the girls being dragged away and said he had tried to intervene.
The forensic team included Deputy Director of Lucknow’s Forensic Science Laboratory Dr Giyasuddin Khan, a DNA expert and five senior forensic scientists from Bareilly.
Five bottles of beer were recovered by the team from around the Eucalyptus trees, apart from “spot evidence” such as imprints of feet. They also lifted samples from which they could get fingerprints.
The two branches of the mango tree from which the girls were found hanging have been examined, and experts hope to determine the number of people involved in the hanging.
The members of the team also examined the house of Ram and his brother. On Friday, they visited the houses of the accused and retrieved samples.
While police officials examining the case remained tightlipped on Sunday on the twist and turns in the case, the family of the victims declined to speak to a Special Investigating Team appointed by the Uttar Pradesh Police, insisting they wanted a CBI probe.
“Police are trying to frame us to protect the accused. We will speak only to the CBI now, and if this action of the police continues, we will be forced to leave our village and Uttar Pradesh, and move to Delhi to get justice,” the father of one of the deceased girls said.
The BSP said DGP Banerjee’s statement was a deliberate attempt to turn the direction of investigation and to save the accused persons and policemen. “All the accused are from a particular caste of Yadavs, on whom the Chief Minister is benevolent, and it is because of this benevolence