Bulandshahr rape

Centre steps in but UP government lax

bulandshahr-protest-pti People block national highway 91 in Bulandshahr against rape of a woman and her 13-year-old girl, on Sunday | PTI

As Bulandshahr rape case brings back horrific memories of Nirbhaya case, Akhilesh Yadav government kept the Union Home Ministry waiting on facts of the case.

The Union Home ministry under Rajnath Singh has stepped in on the brutal and gruesome Bulandshahr rape case and sought a report from the Akhilesh Yadav government on Monday morning. However, the home department of the state government is keeping the Union Home Ministry waiting saying it needs the approval of the CM to be able to send a report to the Centre.

Top sources told THE WEEK, that the home ministry has shot off a written missive to the Akhilesh government asking for facts of the case and the action taken report.

"A factual report is awaited, we have already written to the state government," a top official told THE WEEK.

Meanwhile, the MHA officials, who have been in touch with the home department, were informed that more than half a dozen police officials, including the SHO, were suspended. A hunt is on to nab the culprits, even as some arrests have been made in the case.

BJP members in Lok Sabha on Monday demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister over the rape of a woman and her daughter in Bulandshahr as they hit out at the state government over the law and order situation in the state.

On Friday night, a group of bandits waylaid a family travelling from Noida to Shahjahanpur by car, dragged the women, including the 13-year-old girl, to a nearby field and raped them after tying up the men.

Raising the issue in the Zero Hour in Parliament , BJP MP Bhola Singh, who represents Bulandshahr, alleged that such incidents were happening in the state as criminals enjoyed the government's "protection".

"Police is not able to work. The situation in the state is very serious. The chief minister should resign," he said, drawing support from other party members.

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