Two days after Kuldeep Singh Sengar's arrest in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, the victim's uncle has claimed that the BJP MLA's goons are threatening villagers to keep quiet.
The CBI on Friday night arrested Sengar, who has now been sent to seven-day Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody.
"Some goons of Kuldeep Sengar (accused BJP MLA) are threatening villagers to keep quiet. Yesterday, they went there in two cars and threatened them to keep quiet or leave the village.Two people are missing,' said victim's uncle.
After a massive public outrage over the inaction of the UP police, the case was handed over to the CBI on April 12. In a scathing order, the Allahabad High Court had slammed the inaction by the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police.
The victim has alleged that on June 4, 2017, she was raped by BJP MLA Sengar at his residence, when she had gone to meet him, along with a relative, seeking a job.
In February, the girl's family had moved the court, seeking to include the MLA's name in the case. Subsequently, the victim's father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 and put in jail on April 5.
Frustrated with the alleged police inaction and coercion from influential people, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of Chief Minister Adityanath's residence on April 8.
The next day, her father died in jail with the post-mortem examination report suggesting serious injuries on his body.
Sengar, a four-time MLA, enjoys an immense clout, cutting across party lines, in rural areas of Unnao district, a semi-urban area about 70 km from Lucknow.
A video, purportedly showing the victim's father before his death, has gone viral. Several television news channels have also aired it.
In the video, the victim's father alleged he was mercilessly beaten up, including with rifle butts, by the MLA's brother and others in presence of police personnel.
Meanwhile, the CBI also arrested Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of crime.