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    In best interest of law & order: UP DGP on cremation in dead of night

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    Uttar Pradesh’s police chief HC Awasthy said the decision to cremate the body of the 19-year-old Hathras victim at 2:30 am must have been taken at the local level keeping best interests of law and order in mind, but the special investigation team (SIT) is probing whether the family’s sensitivities were kept in mind.

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    Awasthy said the decision was taken “entirely at the local level” to cremate the body that night itself.
    Uttar Pradesh’s police chief HC Awasthy said the decision to cremate the body of the 19-year-old Hathras victim at 2:30 am must have been taken at the local level keeping best interests of law and order in mind, but the special investigation team (SIT) is probing whether the family’s sensitivities were kept in mind.

    In an interview to ET, director general of police (DGP) Awasthy said it was not a normal situation that night. He said he explained this to the girl’s family on Saturday when he visited them in their village. “The family also agreed with me that it was not a normal situation. One has to look at the circumstances. An agitation happened when the body was brought from Safdarjung hospital in Delhi and the Delhi Police had documented that. Whatever happened subsequently (after the death) and at Safdarjung hospital was not normal. In fact, I would call it abnormal. There was a big conspiracy behind stoking of unrest to trigger caste tensions in the state and we have lodged an FIR (first information report) today,” he said.

    Media reports after the “forcible” cremation of the alleged gang-rape victim by the police in the dead of night had said that even the girl’s closest family members were not informed, triggering uproar and protests across the country. A section of UP police has since claimed that a forensic report did not indicate that the victim was raped, something that has been disputed by some experts including the chief medical officer of the Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Medical College, where the girl was admitted for two weeks after she was allegedly assaulted by four men.

    Awasthy said the decision was taken “entirely at the local level” to cremate the body that night itself. “They (local authorities) must have taken the decision in the best interest of law and order. This decision was not remote-controlled and we cannot say anything on the district-level decision making,” he said. The DGP said the family had complained to him that the immediate family members, the father, mother and brother were not present during the cremation. “Some family members were present during the cremation but not the immediate family. I asked them to raise this before the SIT which will see if any insensitivity was exercised,” he said.

    Awasthy said the (Dalit) family is also concerned about its security in the village given the tension between two communities. “The situation is sensitive. We have provided a security component at their house as well as at points in the village where there are mixed communities. Female constables and PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) has been posted in the village. The family was also apprehensive that the accused may get away. I have assured them the case is being fast-tracked so that the judicial process does not get bogged down in procedural delays,” he said. Awasthy declined to comment on whether the victim had been raped. “That matter is under probe and SIT will also look at it,” he said.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Meet Mahta52 days ago
    a clear cut failure of law & admin in Hathras UP. Example of FOOLS in power.
    SkyWalker 52 days ago
    Apart from burning the victim's body without informing her family what was most cruel was harassing the victim's family rather then helping them .Strongly condemn the BJP and UP police
    Komal Hema52 days ago
    If one of yr near relative is a victim will this Yreka stand
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