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Unnao immolation case: Police to use victim’s dying declaration to nail 5 accused

The five accused, whom the police interrogated for a day before sending them to jail on December 6, did not confess to their crime while in police custody, state police chief OP Singh confirmed to ET. In fact, sources said that the accused even alluded to the girl committing self-immolation in order to implicate them.

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Dec 10, 2019, 08.36 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh police is making the Unnao victim’s dying declaration given before a sub-divisional magistrate in the hospital the main evidence in the case against the five accused she had named for burning her, and will be conducting a DNA test to further establish the accused’s link to the crime, state police chief OP Singh has told ET.

The five accused, whom the police interrogated for a day before sending them to jail on December 6, did not confess to their crime while in police custody, Singh confirmed to ET. In fact, sources said that the accused even alluded to the girl committing self-immolation in order to implicate them.

“We have three major evidences against them. The most important is the girl’s dying declaration given before a sub-divisional magistrate in which she narrated the incident and has named the five accused. This has to be accepted as truthful,” Singh told ET.

The dying statement was recorded in an Unnao hospital on December 5 by sub-divisional magistrate Dayashankar Pathak in presence of a naib tehsildar in which the girl is said to have named the five accused who burnt her and said they had been constantly threatening her with dire consequences if she did not withdraw the rape case.

Singh said the second important evidence were the mobile call records data of the five accused which showed “their location in the village at the time of the incident.” He said it was a fact that all five accused were arrested from their homes within a couple of hours of the incident and that they did not run away.

“But all were present in the village and not outside,” Singh said, pointing to this as circumstantial evidence. He said the third piece of evidence was that one of the accused, Shivam Trivedi, had the “motive” to commit the crime as he was involved in the rape case lodged by the girl. Meanwhile, CM Adityanath met senior police officials on Monday evening and took stock of crimes against women. He asked lower-level police personnel to be more sensitive while dealing with such crimes.

“We have recovered the girl’s mobile phone and purse from the spot. We will be sending these items for a DNA test as well to find out if any of the accused had come in touch with these items and another foolproof evidence can be added,” Singh told ET. He said the chargesheet will be filed “very soon”.

There are no eye witnesses to the crime that occurred around 4:30 am and police suspect the accused had done a recce of the girl’s movements and she was being watched as she used to catch the 5 am Allahabad Passenger train from Unnao railway station to go to Rae Bareli court to pursue her case.

Trivedi stepped out of jail on November 30 on bail just five days before the incident.
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