Family says car gate-crash that left two relatives dead was attempt to silence alleged victim

A teenager who alleged “shes had” been abused by a rule defendant official in India is critically injured in hospital after a vehicle crash.

Two female relatives were killed during the accident, which occurred on Sunday when a truck collided with their automobile in Uttar Pradesh. Her lawyer was also badly injured.

Police said the collision appeared to have been an accident, but that they were investigating claims it may have been an attempt to silence the girl.

” We are analysing all the aspects, we are looking into call details and have recorded statements of eyewitness ,” said the state’s police chief, OP Singh.

The girl alleged she was raped by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a Bharatiya Janata party( BJP) lawmaker, in June 2017 after going to his house looking for a job. Her family said that for months the police were reluctant to register a complaint.

Last year, the girl doused herself in kerosene and attempted to self-immolate in protest at the suspect unwillingness of police to properly investigate her affirms. A daytime later her father died in police custody after he was admitted to hospital complain of abdominal hurting. The category claimed “hes having” been beaten by Sengar, his brother Atul Singh Sengar and a group of supporters.

Uttar Pradesh, residence to 200 million people, is among the country’s poorest states and has a reputation for lawlessness.

The case, which provoked asserts across India, was been transferred to federal researchers who arrested Sengar last year. He has been in custody since and disclaims the allegations.

The girl’s mother said her family had been threatened and alleged the clang was an attempt to silence her daughter.” It was not industrial accidents but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us ,” she told the Press Trust of India news agency.” The son of a co-accused in the case, Shahi Singh, and another youth of the hamlet had threatened us. They said that they will deal with us .”

Priyanka Gandhi, a governor of the opposition parties Congress party, said the accident was outraging and questioned why Sengar was still a member of the BJP.

The National Commission for Women said it was seriously concerned by the incident and has called for a” free, fair and speedy investigation “.

Singh, the state’s police chief, said the truck was accelerating, but that the gate-crash” appears to be exclusively a road accident “. He waned further remark while an inquiry went ahead.

Images of the truck published in Indian newspapers showed that its digit dishes had been covered over.

Nearly 40,000 assault subjects are reported every year, according to figures, though activists say the real number is likely to be far higher. In 2017, a report by Human Rights Watch warned that survivors of crime often suffer mortification at police headquarters and hospitals, that police are often unwilling to register their complaints and that victims and observers receive little protection.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

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