Azam Khan stokes fresh controversy, says Bulandshahr gangrape could be a political conspiracy

LUCKNOW: Amid ongoing uproar over the Bulandshahr rape issue, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has made a controversial statement by saying that the incident could be a political conspiracy.

Azam Khan said that since the elections are near, a desperate opposition can stoop to any level to defame the Akhilesh Yadav government, reports

“We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame the government. People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests,” the report said quoting minister.

The shocking remark comes even when the victims’ family has threaten to commit suicide, if the police fails to give them justice in the next three months.

A gang of dacoits had brutally raped a woman and her 13-year-old daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car in Bulandshahr on NH-91 when they were travelling with their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur on Friday night.

Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested the three accused — Naresh (25), Bablu (22) and Rais (28) — and detained a dozen others after launching a massive hunt for the dacoits suspected to be behind the highway crime.

The Centre has also sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government and details of the incident and steps taken to nab all those involved in it.

Facing flak from opposition, the state government had suspended five officers, including district SSP Vaibhav Krishna.

With agency inputs.