LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Tuesday created a controversy by alleging that a “political conspiracy” might be involved in the gang-rape of a Noida-based mother and daughter near Bulandshahr .
The urban development and parliamentary affairs minister said in Raampur on Monday night that the investigative agencies should explore the possibility of some opposition party being involved in the gang-rape+ .
While justifying the action against policemen on the issue, the minister further said that the government should also keep a watch on opponents as “people can stoop to any levels” in politics.
“To get power politicians can get down to any level, they can murder people, trigger riots, kill innocent people, so the truth has to be found out” he added.
Reacting sharply to the statement, BJP said that Azam Khan has crossed all the limits.
“He is doing politics on gang-rape now. It’s a matter of shame,” the BJP said. The BJP demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said it was shameful that a senior minister could make such outrageous statements.
“If you cannot bring succour to the victims, one should not add injury to insult” he said while demanding that UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav apologise for the conduct and statement of his ministerial colleague.
A gang of dacoits had brutally raped a woman and her 13-year-old daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car in Bulandshahr on NH-91 when they were travelling with their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur on Friday night.
Uttar Pradesh Police had on Sunday arrested the three accused+ – Naresh (25), Bablu (22) and Rais (28) – and detained a dozen others after launching a massive hunt for the dacoits suspected to be behind the highway crime.
Facing flak from opposition, the state government had suspended five officers, including district SSP Vaibhav Krishna.