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Hathras gangrape case: Yogi Adityanath government extends SIT probe by 10 days

A special Investigation team probing the gruesome gangrape case of Hathras, has been given 10 more days to submit their report to the Chief Minister’s office (CMO). Following the orders of the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the State Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department Awanish K Awasthi said the SIT findings in Hathras case will be now be delivered in the next ten days.

The UP government instituted an SIT probe into the incident after nationwide agitation and facing criticism from the opposition parties over handling of case. The 19-year-old Dalit woman died in a Delhi hospital some two weeks after the deadly assault by four upper caste men from her village on September 14. The protests intensified after the UP police cremated her in the wee hours of the next against the family’s wishes, citing major law and order problems and to avoid large scale violence. The family members had pleaded with the police to be allowed to take her body home and perform her funeral according to the rituals.

When asked about the reasons for the extension, Awasthi told PTI that the probe is not completed.

The SIT team visited the woman’s village, the place where she was gang-raped and the site of cremation on Tuesday. The team of forensic experts also joined the probe and examined the fields where the 19-year-old was brutally assaulted. The woman had multiple injuries in her cervical spine that left her paralysed. Her tongue had been cut.

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The SIT team comprises UP Home Secretary Bhagwan Swaroop, Deputy Inspector General of Police Chandraprakash and police officer Poonam.

Initially, the SIT team was given seven days time ending on Wednesday to submit its report. The time has been extended to 10 days now.

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