Having questioned the Hathras victim’s family over two days, the 15-member CBI team probing the case interrogated the relatives of the four accused on Thursday. After a four-hour session, the team left with papers and evidence from their houses. Narendra Singh, claimed Sandeep, his son and one of the accused, was innocent. “I was with him when the girl is said to have been raped,” he said.
“It was from a local we got to know that the girl was injured,” Narendra Singh said. “I am ready for a narco test. We have nothing to hide.” He added that there had been a feud between the two families. “We went to jail in 2001 because of a complaint by the girl’s grandfather.”
The CBI team left their house with Sandeep’s phone and a marksheet.
The team had reached the village at 11am, after a visit to the Chandpa police station where the first FIR in the case had been filed. Families of three of the accused — Sandeep, Ravi and Ramu — live in houses on the same premises. Lavkush’s house is just a little ahead.
Ravi’s father Attar Singh declined to comment on the CBI’s questioning. “They have taken some papers that belong to Ravi with them,” he said.
Sources said the CBI is likely to seek permission for questioning the four accused who have been incarcerated in Aligarh district jail. Sandeep was arrested on September 20, Lavkush on September 23, Ravi on September 25 and Ramu on September 26.
Sandeep has not spoken to his family since he was incarcerated, nor have Ramu and Lavkush. Only Ravi has spoken to his family twice, senior jail superintendent at Aligarh prison Alok Singh confirmed.
Aligarh district jail’s jailer Pramod Kumar Singh said Covid-19 restrictions have meant families are not allowed to meet inmates but they can speak over the phone twice a week.