‘BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh, His Associates Planned Attack To Threaten Us’: Unnao Rape Victim’s Family After Fatal Car Accident
On July 28, a truck collided with a car injuring the victim and her lawyer and killing two of her aunts.
On Sunday, July 28, a car collided with a truck in the Gurubakshganj area of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. In the accident, the Unnao rape victim — who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of sexually assaulting her in 2017 — and her lawyer were critically injured. Two of her aunts, who were also in the car, were killed.
As per the police, they were going to Rae Bareli district jail, where the rape victim’s uncle is lodged.
The victim and her lawyer (the driver) are presently undergoing treatment at the trauma centre of King George’s Medical University in Lucknow. Both of them are reportedly in critical condition.
Lalganj (Rae Bareli) Circle Officer Laxmikant Gautam said the truck driver, identified as Ashish, has been arrested and police are interrogating him. A native of Fatehpur district, Ashish told police he was on his way to Lalganj to load bricks when the accident happened. It was later discovered that the truck had its number plate scrubbed with black paint. ”
The victim’s mother, however, has blamed Sengar, the MLA from Bangarmau in Unnao, for this incident. Even though Sengar is presently lodged in Sitapur district jail, she claimed to the media he conspired to make this “accident” happen.
“I have got to know that the lawmaker got it done. He is inside… he has a phone inside (the jail). He is doing everything sitting inside the jail,” she told reporters, adding, “Sengar is in jail but his men aren’t. He and his men were threatening us… We want justice.”
Other family members believe that same. “MLA Kuldeep Singh and his associates planned the attack to threaten us so that we stop pursuing the case. Everyone in the village knew they were going to Rae Bareli jail,” said the rape victim’s cousin in Unnao.
The police, of course, has said, “Every angle is being investigated, but prima facie, it appears to be an accident,” adding, ” If the family demands a CBI inquiry into the case, we’ll hand over the case to CBI.”
As per an India Today report, sources in CBI informed that a few days before the car accident, the victim had asked the agency to shift the trial against Sengar to Delhi.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called the incident “shocking” and asked whether any hope for justice can be expected from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
#Unnao बलात्कार पीड़िता के साथ सड़कदुर्घटना का हादसा चौंकाने वाला है।
इस केस में चल रही CBI जाँच कहाँ तक पहुँची? आरोपी विधायक अभी तक भाजपा में क्यों हैं? पीड़िता और गवाहों की सुरक्षा में ढिलाई क्यों?
इन सवालों के जवाब बिना क्या भाजपा सरकार से न्याय की कोई उम्मीद की जा सकती है?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 29, 2019
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged that it could be a conspiracy to kill the rape survivor and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
In 2017, the victim — then 15-year-old — was raped by Sengar at his residence in Unnao where she was taken by one Shashi Singh, on the pretext of arranging her a job. The victim had also alleged that when her father filed a complaint in court against the MLA, Sengar’s brother Jai Deep Singh alias Atul Singh and others thrashed him on April 3 last year.