CBI team begins probe in Hathras gangrape case

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, visited Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district and questioned the family members of the four accused in the case on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the central agency had interrogated the victim’s father and two brothers for six hours.

A 15-member CBI team had inspected the crime scene on Tuesday and called the victim’s brother there. The victim’s mother and aunt were also called to the spot later in the day.

The victim’s relatives have also requested the authorities to shift the four accused – all from the Thakur caste – from the Aligarh jail to another prison far away to which the sub-divisional magistrate responded saying, “Such a decision can be taken at the government level, if such a demand is being made.”

The Dalit woman was allegedly raped on September 14. She died at a Delhi hospital on September 29 following the assault. She had named the four accused before her death that has sparked protests across the country.

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