Here are some of the important developments that took place in Uttar Pradesh this week.
CBI takes over the Bulandsher highway gang-rape investigation:
Coming down heavily on the dilly dallying of the state government, the high court directed the state government to hand over the probe to the CBI. The court order came despite the state government insisting that the investigation into the case by the state police was moving in the right direction.
The gang-rape of a woman and her teenage daughter by a group of robbers on Delhi-Kanpur highway, had shocked the nation and there had been strong demand from various organisations and kin of the victims to hand over the probe to the CBI. Recently, a team of CBI officials had visited the district to probe the matter.
Seeking justice for mother
Two sister of Bulandsher district succeeded in drawing the attention of Chief Minster Akhilesh Yadav, when one of them wrote a letter to the CM with her blood seeking justice for her mother.
Latika and Tanya, two sisters of Bulandsher, had urged Yadav to punish the culprits responsible for their mother's death. Their mother was burned alive allegedly by their father and other relatives as she failed to give birth to a son. The incident took place in June this year.
Moved by the letter, the chief minister met the teenagers at his residence and assured them of justice.
Amit Shah attends Dalit lunch
BJP party president Amit Shah, who kicked off the party's poll campaign in the state, seems to be more focused on winning Dalit votes. As a part of his electoral strategy, Shah with the party’s state head Keshav Prasad Maurya visited the residence of MP Kaushal Kishore, the party's prominent Dalit face, in Lucknow.
At Kishore's residence, Shah met several members of Dalit community and also partook lunch along with them. Shah having launch at a Dalit leader's house, was an effort to win the trust of the Dalits.
Mulayam’s outburst on Independence Day
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav lost his cool and reprimanded the party leaders, including his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, while addressing the party workers on the Independence Day. He accused Yadav of not being strict with some of his ministers, who have been accused of corruption. Giving a clear ultimatum, Mulayam asked the ministers in question to mend their ways or face suspension.
Mulayam is also worried about the ongoing tug of war between his son and his brother, Shivpal Yadav.
Fatwa against Hafiz Saeed
Aala Hazrat Dargah has issued a fatwa against, chief of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed. Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori (Barelvi) while issuing the fatwa said reading or listening to Saeed’s speech is anti–Islamic and those who do will be regarded as ‘Kafirs’(Infidels).