BJP Mahila Morcha workers protesting against the Badaun rape case in Lucknow
A 19-year-old rape victim was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dakshin Tola police station area in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on Sunday. The incident came a day after another rape accused shot dead the 22-year-old woman who had lodged the case against him in the state’s Sitapur district.
LUCKNOW: A teenage rape survivor was shot dead by her alleged rapist and his associates in broad daylight in Mau district on Sunday morning. Infuriated over the incident, the locals blocked the Balia-Lucknow highway demanding immediate arrest of the accused. The protest was called off only after police assured time bound action against the alleged killers.
Reports said Neelu Singh (19) of Kopaganj area was going with her cousin Manish on a motorcycle in Waijapur locality in Dakshin Tola area of Mau when they were intercepted by four youths on motorcycles. The accused opened fire at Neelu from a close range and she died on the spot. Three of the four assailants were identified as Mathura Rajbhar, Jaivardhan Rajbhar and Ranjit Singh.
Station officer (SO) Dakshin Tola police station Suresh Misra said the woman had lodged a case of rape against Mathura Rajbhar, Banke Singh and Sunil Rajbhar in 2011. Police filed a charge sheet against Mathura Rajbhar who was arrested and sent to jail, but was later released on bail. The rape case is presently under trial at a local court in Mau district and the final argument in the case are scheduled to be held on October 7.
It was alleged that Mathura Rajbhar, manager at a local educational institute, is linked to the local mafia and had been threatening the woman's family to withdraw the rape case. When they refused to relent, he allegedly connived with the police and got Neelu's brother implicated in a murder case. But Neelu came to the rescue of her brother and has figured as a key defence witness in the case. Her statements were to be recorded soon, police said.
Mau additional superintendent of police Sunil Kumar Singh said police were collecting details of all cases related to the murder. "Police teams have been dispatched to trace the named accused and we are hopeful of a breakthrough soon," he said.