Protesters took to the streets of India’s capital on Tuesday demanding a fast-track probe into a highway crash that killed two people and seriously injured two others, including a woman who has accused a ruling party lawmaker of rape.
Opposition parties and women’s organizations claimed that the weekend crash was an attempt on the woman’s life by Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Kuldeep Senegar’s supporters to weaken the rape case against him. Senegar is in jail awaiting trial and could not be reached for comment, but has previously denied the rape accusation.
The woman’s car was hit by a truck in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Sunday. Two of her aunts were killed and her lawyer was seriously injured. Police arrested the truck’s driver and owner.
The state police first described it as an accident. On Monday, it registered a criminal case on a complaint by the woman’s family and recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s FBI, said Awanish Awasthy, a state government spokesman.
On Tuesday, the Congress and other opposition parties raised the issue in Parliament claiming a nexus between the politicians, criminals and the police.
Priyanka Gandhi, a Congress party general secretary, tweeted: “Why do we give people like Kuldeep Senegar the strength and protection of political power and abandon their victims to battle for their lives alone?” Carrying placards demanding justice for the rape victim, dozens of protesters representing women’s organizations in the Indian capital accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP of shielding the lawmaker and police of delaying his prosecution. (AP)