Prayagraj murders: medical report confirms rape, police add charges | Latest India News

Weeks after five family members, including two women, were found murdered in Prayagraj district, Uttar Pradesh, police have added rape charges against the accused after the medical report confirmed the crime, senior officers said Saturday.

After seven people were arrested in connection with the case on May 4, police discovered that they had also gang-raped the two women, Prayagraj Chief Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said. “The defendants, all members of an interstate robbery gang, also confessed to the crime.”

On Friday, the medical report of the two women also confirmed the rape, he said. “After the Forensic Science Lab Phaphamau report confirmed the gang rape on Friday, the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to the crime have been added to the FIR (First Information Report),” the SSP added. .

The defendants were charged under sections 376D (gang rape), 396 (murder at a dacoity), 120B (participation in a criminal association to commit an offense punishable by death), 201 (disappearance of evidence of offense) and 436 (mischief) of the CPI. by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy the house, etc.), police said, adding that they had previously been convicted under Section 302 (murder).

On April 23, the bloodied bodies of a cattle dealer, his wife, their daughter, daughter-in-law and one-year-old granddaughter were found in their house in the district’s Tharwai development block. . They were beaten to death and their house was also set on fire, police said. A four-year-old girl, who was present in the house at the time of the incident, is the only survivor.

The deceased cattle trader’s son, who was not at home at the time of the incident, had filed an FIR at Tharwai Police Station on April 23 itself. Police had registered an FIR solely under ICC Article 302 (murder), although the complainant insisted that the two women had been sexually assaulted.

The police action had drawn criticism from representatives of various political parties for not adding rape charges in the first instance FIR.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) had alleged ‘massive cover-up’ by Prayagraj police after a five-member party delegation visited the village where the incident took place and met relatives of the victims April 25.

The TMC had also written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and met with its Chairman on 29 April in this regard.