New Delhi, October 2
Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti said on Friday the “suspicious” action of UP police in the Hathras incident has “dented” the image of the BJP, the state government and CM Yogi Adityanath and requested him to allow mediapersons and politicians to meet the victim’s family.
Bharti, admitted to AIIMS-Rishikesh after testing positive for Covid-19, said had she been fine she would have herself visited the family in Hathras district, and added she “will definitely visit the family after getting discharged from the hospital”.
“The UP Police’s suspicious action has dented the image of BJP, UP government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” the senior BJP leader said in a series of tweets in Hindi.
Bharti said she has been keeping a close watch on the entire Hathras incident and urged Adityanath to allow media and political leaders to meet the aggrieved family.
Describing the UP Chief Minister as an “administrator with a clean image”, Bharti related herself as his elder sister but in a limited number of words indicated she was forced to speak after the police laid siege to the village and the victim’s family.
She said she was hesitant to speak as she thought the CM must have been taking appropriate action. Appearing critical of the police action in handling the case, Bharti said the last rites of the Dalit victim was done in a hastily manner by the police.
She said there is no rule that a family cannot be allowed to meet anyone during an investigation, in fact this brings the SIT investigation in this case under suspicion. — PTI