Unnao Rape: Victim's family claimed threat from MLA

A relative of the Unnao rape survivor talks to the media outside KGMC Hospital where she is being treated, in Lucknow (PTI Photo)

Uttar Pradesh police may have feigned ignorance about the existence of a threat to the Unnao rape victim and her family from BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Senger and his henchmen, but the terrified family had apprised top police and civil officials and chief justice of the supreme court of the threats from the MLA's family and supporters.

The mother of the rape victim had written letters to the CJI, chief justice of the Allahabad high court, state home secretary and the state police chief stating that Senger's family members had threatened to get their entire family implicated in false cases if they did not ''compromise'' in the matter.

Ironically the letters were mailed to all these officials barely a fortnight before the ''accident'' in which the victim was critically injured and her two aunts were killed.

The letter clearly mentioned that Senger's brother Manoj Singh and some others had visited them on July seven and threatened to have them jailed on trumped-up charges if the victim did not ''compromise'' in the case. 

Some other henchmen of the MLA visited their house again the very next day and issued a similar threat, the letter said. The family had also attached the pictures showing the vehicles and the henchmen with the letter.

According to the sources, the local police were also informed about the visits and the threats but they too did not take any action. ''The cops at Makhi police station even tried to persuade us to withdraw the complaint,'' a member of the victim's family told DH at the KGMU hospital here on Tuesday.

''Had action been taken on the letter, this incident would not have happened....we are helpless....the lawmaker will get us all killed,'' she apprehended.

Sources said that Senger, who was currently lodged in Sitapur district jail, was found to be using cell phone substantiating the family's allegation that he had been in touch with his henchmen.

Sources said that Senger was likely to be shifted to some other jail.    

Senger was booked for murder in connection with Sunday's alleged ''road accident''. A truck had smashed into their vehicle in the state's Raebareli district, about 80 kilometres from here. The rape victim and two others were critically injured in the incident. 

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