Three days after the death of a woman who accused BSP MP Atul Rai of rape and set herself ablaze along with a friend outside the Supreme Court last week, the Lucknow police Friday arrested retired IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on charges of abetment to suicide.
The 24-year-old woman died of burn injuries at a hospital in the national capital on Tuesday. The man, a 27-year-old Delhi University graduate, passed away last week.
Before setting themselves on fire, both had recorded a Facebook LIVE video wherein the woman said she had lodged a rape case against the BSP MP, and accused the police of supporting him. She also alleged a nexus of police and politicians, and that senior police officers were not acting on her complaint.
The Uttar Pradesh government formed a two-member panel led by Director General (Police Recruitment and Promotion Board) Dr Raj Kumar Vishwakarma to look into the allegations made by the victim. Additional Director General, Women Power Line, Neera Rawat was also part of the panel.