A day after the state government recommended a CBI probe, the victim’s brother changed tack, demanding a judicial probe instead.
“It doesn’t matter who investigates the matter, our questions are still unanswered. Why has no action been taken against the Hathras DM, who misbehaved with my family members and tried to threaten them? We want justice, we want a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge,” he said.
His demand was echoed by BSP chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who sought immediate action against the DM.
Mayawati said no impartial inquiry into the matter would be possible if the DM stays in the saddle. Amid mounting pressure, upper caste mahapanchayats are being held in different parts the district on a daily basis to try to change the narrative.
A mahapanchayat held on Sunday drew hundreds of upper caste members from around 30 villages of the district.
Hailing the government’s recommendation for a CBI probe, they questioned the objections of the victim’s family to narco analysis and polygraphic tests as well.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team continued its probe and recorded the statements of the victim’s family.