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Maya orders probe into girl’s death

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Lucknow: Even as the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a police probe into the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who was found hanging from a tree inside a police station compound, the opposition demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Chief Minister Mayawati late Sunday had also ordered a second autopsy of the victim’s body after allegations that the earlier report was doctored by policemen who called it a case of suicide.

Criminal cases have been registered against three policemen. The government also denied that the girl was raped.Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

The victim’s body was found hanging at the Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur-Kheri district, 130 km from Lucknow, Friday night. The girl was residing in hutments raised in one corner of the police station compound where her father was engaged as a construction labourer.

Eleven policemen were suspended for their prima facie ‘dereliction of duty.’ Now criminal cases have been registered against a sub-inspector and two constables for ‘destruction of evidence.’The Mayawati administration has come under fire from different political quarters, specially as the girl’s father, Intezar Ali, has pointedly accused policemen of having gangraped and murdered the girl. (IANS)

 

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