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Centre recommends CBI probe into Badaun rape-murder: sources

Jun 10, 2014 04:50 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Almost two weeks after two cousin sisters were allegedly gangraped and brutally murdered in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, sources tell CNN-IBN that the Centre has recommended CBI investigation into the case.

Facing severe criticism from political parties and international bodies as well, the Akhilesh Yadav government had earlier given its nod to a probe by the CBI.

The sources further said that the CBI is already in the process of forming a team in this regard.
The state Home Department had earlier in the day held a high-level talk with the DoPT secretary on the case being handed over to the CBI.

"In Badaun incident, the family members are demanding a CBI inquiry. Today I talked to secretary DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) and have got a positive response. We have already written a letter recommending probe," UP Principal Secretary (Home) Deepak Singh Singhal had told reporters then.

Bodies of two teenage girls aged 14 and 15, who went out of their house on May 27, were found hanging with a tree next morning in Ushait area in Badaun district.

The postmortem report confirmed that the two girls were raped and later hanged. The state government has recommended a CBI probe into the incident. Giving a fresh twist to the case Director General of Police A L Banerjee had on Saturday said that property could be a motive behind the murder.

Agitated with Banerjee's statement the family members of the two victim started a dharna on Monday, which ended late night after the officers showed them the letter relating to recommendation of CBI inquiry by the government.

(With inputs from PTI)