UP government deploys police personnel for Hathras victim family’s safety

Police guard the victim’s house but family members still fear threats of 'upper-caste' villagers.

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Large number of police personnel were deployed outside the Hathras victim’s house following a visit from Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, said a National Herald report on October 6, 2020.

According to Hathras Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal, 24-hours security personnel were stationed all around the house along with two women sub-inspectors and six women constables.

He also said that two officers were deployed for the security of the victim’s brother. Moreover, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel were also deployed to guard the house. As many as 15 police officials, three Station House Officers and one Deputy Superintendent of Police were deployed in the village.

The victim’s family reportedly feared for their safety and wished to leave the village and settle elsewhere. Her brother said they were afraid of threats from supporters of the four accused.

Earlier on Sunday, Azad visited the family following which a video has made rounds on social media showing ‘upper caste’ men threatening the victim’s family and defending the four accused. Similar videos of open threats in front of police officials have also trended on social media.

In one video, a man yells threats at Azad daring him to come outside to “meet his big brothers.” He claims that Azad arrived in the village to do politics and “has no faith in the CBI.”

The police are seen trying to reason with the man while another person accused the brother of killing his sister instead of the accused. In the same vein, the man denied the rape allegations.


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