Unnao (UP): The father of an 18-year-old girl, who had alleged rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers, died in custody here Monday, prompting her to put the blame on the lawmaker, who rejected the charge as a conspiracy and said the complainant belonged to “low class”.
The alleged victim’s father, aged around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail Sunday night and died during treatment Monday. He was arrested April 5 under the Arms Act, police officials said. The news of his death spread like wildfire with opposition parties slamming the BJP government even as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised action against the guilty.
Sengar maintained the allegations against him were part of a conspiracy. “They belong to a low status family (‘nimn star ke log hain’)…This is a conspiracy by my opponents,” Sengar told reporters. Chief Minister Adityanath sought a report on the incident and assured those found guilty will be punished.
“The incident is unfortunate. ADG, Lucknow, has been asked to give his report and probe the matter, and if any policeman is found guilty, action will be taken. Whosoever is guilty will not be spared,” Adityanath said.
District magistrate Ravi Kumar NG said the post-mortem examination of the victim would be conducted by a panel of doctors to ascertain the exact cause of death. The victim, however, claimed her family had received threats in the past and accused the MLA.
He was “killed at the behest of the BJP MLA” inside the jail, she alleged. “We were getting threats and they killed my father,” she added while speaking to reporters.
Uttar Pradesh’s power minister and government spokesman Shrikant Sharma told reporters that a magisterial probe had been ordered. “If the allegations are true, it’s a very unfortunate incident. For a fair probe, the inquiry has been shifted to Lucknow from Unnao. The state government is committed to ensuring justice to the victim’s family,” he said.
UP Director General of Police OP Singh said a Lucknow police team had been constituted to probe the entire matter. “Whosoever is found guilty, strict action will be taken. None will be spared,” he said. Asked about the allegations against MLA Sengar, the DGP said, “Till now these are allegations. Probe is on. Action will be taken against those found guilty.”
The woman had Sunday tried to immolate herself near Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow, alleging rape by the BJP MLA and his brother.