A family member of the Hathras gang rape victim has alleged they are being stopped from speaking to media as the administration has imposed a ban on large gatherings in their village.
This morning, a minor from the victim’s family was sent to reach out to the media. The minor said they were asked to switch off their mobiles and some mobiles were being taken from them.
The family member crossed farmland to reach media waiting outside the entrance of the village.
“They have taken the phone. My family has sent me here to call the media for speaking. I ducked down and came from the field. They are not letting us come out are they not allowing the media to come in. They are threatening us as well,” said the family member.
As he was speaking to the reporters, soon a police officer came and he escaped from the spot.
When the media asked the police officer why they were being stopped from interacting with the family, the cop remained silent.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has banned the entry of media inside Hathras village as media “has presented some important facts from the ground in front of the whole country”, said the Congress’s state unit.
“Today Yogi Ji has banned media’s entry inside the village because the media presented some important facts from the ground to the whole country. They have also revealed things regarding Yogi Ji’s jungle raj. So now the media has been banned,” Uttar Pradesh Congress tweeted in Hindi.
Hathras District Magistrate PK Laxkar on Thursday denied “negative rumours” about the rift between him and the family of the gangrape victim.
While talking to ANI, Mr Laxkar said that he has been regularly interacting with the family.
“I met with six family members of the victim yesterday and we spoke for about an hour and a half. I met with them again today to see their point of discontent. I deny the negative rumours which are rife about my interactions with them,” the district magistrate said.
Hathras victim died in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital. The post-mortem report says the victim suffered a fracture of “C6 cervical vertebra” and there was “extravasations of blood along the fracture line” and the underlying spinal cord was “contused with ascending oedema”. Also, the postmortem report denies rape charges.