Walayar rape case: SC/ST Commission to issue summons to DGP, Chief Secretary
Palakkad: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) will issue summons to state police chief and chief secretary in connection with Walayar rape case, the commission's vice-chairman, L Murugan, announced after visiting the house of the two minor sisters who were found hanging in their house in 2017.
Since last week, the acquittal of the accused by a Palakkad court has triggered a huge public outcry with the Congress and the BJP taking it up in a big way and demanding a CBI probe. Social media too accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government of influencing the probe, even the girls' mother said that the CPM saved the accused.
He told the media "it is clear that there were lapses on the part of the public prosecutor in the case. Police did not conduct an efficient investigation. It is in this context that the Chief Secretary and DGP will be summoned."
He has also announced that a four-member team would be sent to Kerala for the investigation.
UDF Convener Benny Behanan, who visited the girls' house, said the Walayar case is an extreme embarrassment for Kerala. He also demanded a CBI probe into the case. BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan has called for action against all those who sabotaged the case.
Meanwhile, DGP Loknath Behera, said the accused have not received a court order acquitting them. The order will be examined. He assured to take strict actions against the miscreants.
"We are waiting for it and I assure that after going through the order, strict action will be taken if there are any lapses. I see this as an emotional matter, as it involves two young kids and view this as a serious matter," said Behera.
The mother of the girls said, "had this sort of enthusiasm been there after the incident took place, the accused would not have walked free. We want a CBI probe into this," she said.
The case surfaced in January 2017, when an 11-year-old girl's body was found by her nine-year-old sister in her house in a village in Palakkad district.
Two months later, the younger girl was also found dead in her home in similar circumstances.
Though the police arrested five persons, the accused were let off last week by a court for want of evidence as the prosecution failed to prove the case against them.
(With inputs from IANS)