The Assam government has decided to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to go “deeper” into the case of an alleged gangrape and brutal assault of a woman inside a running tempo leading to her death in Lakhimpur district last week.
“We are setting up a Special Investigation Team in view of the huge public outcry. This we are doing despite the post-mortem report confirming that there was no sexual intercourse whatsoever,” state Home Secretary G D Tripathi told The Indian Express.
The woman had gone to pick up her six-year-old daughter from school in Boginadi, a small township 40 km east of Lakhimpur town, on November 22 afternoon. She was later found near NH 52 with severe injuries on her head and limbs after allegedly being dumped by the accused. She was brought to Guwahati for treatment where she succumbed to her injuries a day later.
Police lodged an FIR at Boginadi police station alleging rape and murder following a complaint lodged by the woman’s brother-in-law. “The SIT will soon go to Lakhimpur and conduct an inquiry,” Tripathi added.
Meanwhile, Lakhimpur Superintendent of Police P K Bhuyan said so far no one has claimed to have seen the woman boarding a tempo or travelling in it.
“We are currently examining the case from various angles. Police are also examining the call details of the woman’s mobile phone on the basis of which one person has been arrested. The person was in regular touch with the woman,” Bhuyan added.
Protests have been going on in Lakhimpur with women’s and students’ groups demanding arrest of the culprits. The Democratic Students’ Organisation has called a 12-hour bandh in Lakhimpur district on Thursday.
Panel files suo motu case
Assam State Commission for Women has registered a suo motu case on the basis of media reports and has asked police to conduct a speedy inquiry. “It is a serious matter, and if the allegation that she was gangraped in a moving tempo is correct, then it is more alarming,” said Meera Barooah, chairperson of the panel.
Case like delhi gangrape: ncw
National Commission for Women member Nirmala Samant described the incident as a reminder of the 16/12 Delhi gangrape case. “This reminds us of the Nirbhaya episode. A year has not yet passed, and now, a similar incident has happened. A notice has been sent to Assam Police,” she said.