Investigators probing the Hathras case have claimed that there is evidence to show that the main accused was in regular touch with at least one member of the victim’s family till very recently.
Quoting call detail record(CDR), police sources said on 6 October that there were at least 100 exchanges in five months between the mobile number of the main accused and another number registered in the name of the victim‘s brother.
The CDR in possession of has over five hours of exchange between the two numbers between October 2019 and March 2020. Some of the calls have lasted for over a few minutes. Police are now planning to seek the response of the victim’s brother on the issue.
Senior police officers who wish not to be quoted said that an investigation by the SIT was still under way and it would not be feasible for them to comment on the issue. However, they said that the police would conduct a probe on the basis of the CDR soon.
Another cop said on the condition of anonymity that during the probe, some of the villagers had also said that those arrested used to keep in touch with the victim’s family.
ED examines FIR into funding of website accused of inciting protests
After Hathras police registered dozens of FIRs related to protests over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit 19-year-old girl, the Enforcement Directorate may soon file a money laundering case into the alleged funding of a website accused of inciting protests.
The Chandpa police in Hathras has filed an FIR against a website that accused of fanning widespread protests after the Hathras victim’s death.
According to a report, the Hathras police filed an FIR against the website under Section 153 A which is a scheduled offence under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The agency said that all funds collected by committing such a crime are liable to be seized by it.
The ED is also likely to conduct an inquiry from domain servers, the details of the money received and its utilisation. The ED probe may also cover the ultimate beneficiaries of the funds received by the website.