Referring to the 11 initially named in the FIR, the ADG said: “The people who were named in the FIR so far, it was found that there was some small dispute with the deceased man’s brother. No evidence has come out till now to show that they murdered the family.” A DAY after UP Police named 11 people from an upper-caste family in its FIR on the murder of a Dalit family in Prayagraj, and said that eight had been arrested, they issued a new statement Sunday stating that they have now arrested a youth “who belongs to the same community as the deceased” for the killings. The police also said that the rape of the girl, who was among those killed, has been confirmed. In the statement issued Sunday evening, ADG (Prayagraj zone) Prem Prakash said: “The 23-year-old accused belongs to the same community as the deceased. He was harassing the girl by sending her messages on her mobile phone repeatedly. The girl was refusing (his advances). On the basis of the last message and circumstantial evidence, he was arrested.” It was on Thursday that the bodies of the father (50), who was a daily wager, the mother (45), and their daughter and son, were found inside their house. On Saturday, the police suspended two of its personnel for allegedly pressuring the Dalit family over the past two years to compromise with the upper-caste family in a dispute linked to grazing land. Members of the Dalit family had filed two police complaints but no action was taken. On Sunday, a close relative of the Dalit family, who is with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), questioned the new police version — and compared this case to the gang rape and death of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras last year.
“I got a call from a policeman who named the person who, the police claim, killed them. I don’t know him. I was told that he lives 5 km from our house… I will believe this new statement only after the other accused are caught and more details are revealed. We all saw the Hathras case where police changed their version so many times,” said the 50-year-old victim’s younger brother, who is posted in Jharkhand. To read more click the link below:
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