NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday took over the investigation into the Hathras gang rape and murder case from the Uttar Pradesh Police.
The Uttar Pradesh government had recommended a CBI probe into the matter amid widespread demand.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped on September 14 following which she was admitted to the J N Medical College Hospital in Aligarh with serious injuries. She was referred to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 28 after her condition showed no signs of improvement.
She died the next day at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital where she had been brought for treatment. The victim was cremated in the dead of the night near her home on September 30.
Her family alleged that they were forced by the local police to hurriedly conduct her last rites. Local police officers, however, had said the cremation was carried out “as per the wishes of the family”.
Protests have been held in various parts of the country over the incident.
(With inputs from PTI)