"Mr 56": Rahul Gandhi taunts PM on Unnao rape

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 24, 2018 09:02 hrs
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New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the mysterious death and burial without autopsy of a key witness in the Unnao rape-murder case involving BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar. It "smells of a conspiracy," Gandhi said.

The 48-year-old Congress chief has taken frequent digs at the PM over his claims of a "56-inch chest" made ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha election.

His tweet said: "The mysterious death & hurried burial without an autopsy, of the key witness in the #Unnao rape & murder case, involving BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, smells of a conspiracy. Is this your idea of "justice for our daughters", Mr 56 ?"

BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar is one of the accused in the Unnao rape case.

The CBI had earlier filed a chargesheet in a Lucknow court against the BJP MLA, his brother and eight others, including three policemen, in its probe into the Arms Act case in which the politician had framed the Unnao gang-rape victim's father.

The case he referred to concerned a minor girl from Unnao, who was raped, allegedly by BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar. On April 8, she attempted suicide outside the home of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home after her father was thrashed -- allegedly by Kuldeep Sengar's brother Atul Singh. He died the next day.

In Unnao, Circle Officer of Safipur Vivek Ranjan Rai said Yunus died due to liver cirrhosis on Saturday.

"He was undergoing treatment in Kanpur, Unnao and Lucknow. The family members did not want post-mortem conducted. They had said Yunus was bedridden for three months and died while undergoing treatment at his home," Rai said.

Yunus' family has given a statement to the police that he was suffering from liver ailment since 2013 and his death is the result of the disease, Uttar Pradesh Police sources said.

They said documents related to the treatment undertaken by Yunus have also been recovered by the police.

On Wednesday, the rape victim's uncle submitted a letter to Unnao Superintendent of Police, demanding that the body be exhumed for post-mortem to ascertain the actual cause of his death.

The deceased's brothers Mohammed Raeef and Jan Mohammed reached the SP office today and said their brother died due to liver ailment.

"The uncle of the rape survivor told us that if you go for post-mortem, you will get Rs 10-12 lakh," the brothers told reporters in Unnao.