Anand Kumar, ADG, Law and Order, Lucknow said, "The Lucknow Crime Branch in its preliminary investigation found out that Atul Singh Sengar was involved in the case and he has been arrested on the basis of evidence".
Director General of Police O P Singh said a team of Lucknow police had been constituted to probe the entire matter. The sources said that the reason for delay in action against Sengar could be because he belongs to the dominant Thakur community, who are apparently having a major say in the state apparatus in the Yogi government.
Five persons, including the MLA's brother and the goons of the lawmaker, had been arrested by the police after the victim's father died under mysterious circumstances in the district hospital, where he was taken for treatment from jail. The woman had on Sunday tried to immolate herself near Adityanath's residence in Lucknow, alleging rape by the BJP MLA and his brothers.
Talking about the case, the DGP referred the accused MLA Sengar as "honourable" even as he assured the state administration had no intentions of sheltering the rape accused.
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"The victim's family will be provided security".
The SIT, led by additional director general of police Rajiv Krishan, accused Unnao police of protecting the BJP MLA and recommended further probe into the girl's gang rape and her father's murder.
The victim says that in June a year ago the victim had raped her. "I think this is something extremely brazen", leading activist Ranjana Kumari said adding that this was a typical case of a politician trying to "bully and bulldoze" people.
If the SIT sleuths who have gone to the village of the victim name the BJP MLA in their investigation, then the coming days will be hard for him. I just want that FIR be written against Arun Singh and Kuldeep Singh and they be arrested. Kuldeep ka bhai Atul Singh aur uske saath they chaar... An officer of the rank of DSP has been suspended for not attending to the repeated complaints of the rape survivor and her family.
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The girl's uncle said "when no one showed any interest in filing an FIR against the MLA, we moved court, seeking directions to police to file a case".
The case was then transferred to Lucknow for redressal, and a probe was ordered. The case has been filed at the Makhi police station in Unnao.
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