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    New political turn in Hathras gangrape case

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    Former BJP MLA Rajvir Singh Pahalwan has alleged that Manju Diler has been favouring the family of the victim as they both belong to the Valmiki community and that the four accused were implicated falsely in the case under her pressure.

    Candlelight march to Raj Bhavan in Chennai against Hathras rape case.
    NEW DELHI: The alleged gangrape and murder case in Hathras has taken a new political turn with a section of the ruling BJP now pitted against another section. The party’s upper caste leaders in the district are questioning the role of local MP Rajvir Diler and especially that of his daughter Manju Diler in pursuing the case of the victim against the four accused.

    Manju Diler has earlier been a secretary in the state BJP and is presently a member of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis. She took up the victim's case in earnest, wrote to the state director general of police HC Awasthy seeking the arrest of the accused, visited the victim’s family in the village as well as the girl in the Aligarh hospital and helped coordinate her treatment in Delhi.

    Former BJP MLA Rajvir Singh Pahalwan has alleged that Manju Diler has been favouring the family of the victim as they both belong to the Valmiki community and that the four accused were implicated falsely in the case under her pressure. “People have understood this and will teach them a lesson,” said Pahalwan, who held a panchayat at his residence of the upper caste community earlier this week and was booked by police.

    Manju Diler did not respond to calls seeking comment but her official Facebook page has many posts on her interactions with the victim’s family. On September 22, she said in a post that she had met the superintendent of Hathras and asked for arrest of the three other persons named in the girl’s statement and provision of security to her family. Two days later, she posted about her conversation with the district collector about arranging a ventilator for the girl, and she met the victim in the Aligarh hospital on September 26.

    “I met the SP and DM to seek information about the action in the case so far, seek a fast-track trial and release of compensation under SC/ST Act immediately to the victim,” she wrote. “One accused was arrested on September 19, another on September 23, the third on 25 and the last accused will be arrested by tomorrow and will be sent to jail. MP Rajvir Diler has arranged for ICU and ventilator facility for her better treatment in AIIMS, Delhi. I assure everyone of strictest action against the culprits.”

    MP Rajvir Diler had visited the family last week after the death of the victim and later told media persons that the family would get Rs 25 lakh in compensation. The victim’s family now claims the MP met the accused in jail earlier this week but he has denied it.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Truth Bitter47 days ago
    What is wrong in meeting the victim and supporting them. This BJP minister has a gutter like mouth.
    Russell Ian Duarte48 days ago
    Mr minister,, keep your gob shut and let the law take its course,,, who are you to decide or make false statements,, you guys are fond of lying and are experts in it, all white liars you circus of clowns
    sandeepan pahari49 days ago
    this is exactly what happens when certain politicians enter the fray with their own agendas
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