Hathras Case: ‘Thakurs’ protests in support of accused; SP, DSP other officials suspended

In a new, hundreds of people from the Thakur community were seen staging a protest 500 metres from the village of the 20-year old girl who was allegedly raped by four “upper caste” men about two weeks ago. Her death has since triggered public outrage throughout the country. However, people from the Thakur community have raised questions against the investigation and are demanding justice against the four accused.   

 “We respect the DM’s orders (on prohibitory orders) but we held a protest to raise our voice against the injustice. One incident has tarnished the image of our community. The police and the authorities do not have enough proof (against the accused). If they are guilty, punish them, but if they are not, please release them,” one of the protester’s told Indian Express.

The protesters were removed from the field within an hour while police have been deployed in the area. Meanwhile, on Friday the UP government suspended the Hathras superintendent of police (SP), deputy superintendent of police (DSP), station inspector, and some other officials in regards to the case. Reportedly the SP and DSP will also undergo narco polygraph tests.

However, no action has been taken against Hathras DM Praveen Laxkar who was caught on camera allegedly threatening the victim’s family. “Half of the media people have left today, the other half will leave by tomorrow. Only we will stand with you. It is up to you whether you want to change your statement or not,” he said in a video uploaded by India Today.

Currently, the village has been locked and the media has been barred from entering.

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