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Hathras case: UP govt files affidavit in Supreme Court, justifies cremation by citing intel on violence

The UP govt informed the Supreme Court t that it has already requested Centre to order CBI probe in the case.

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday filed an affidavit at the Supreme Court on the Hathras case and justified the state police's decision to cremate the body of the 19-year-old victim in the dead of the night "to avoid large-scale violence" the next morning. The UP government said that the decision was taken on the basis of intelligence input and intelligence input.

The UP govt informed the Supreme Court t that it has already requested Centre to order CBI probe in the case. It added, " CBI probe in Hathras case will ensure no vested interests will be able to create fake, false narrative with oblique motives." It also said that some political parties are trying to give communal and ethnic colour to the incident.

“The district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the victim to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large scale violence in the morning. Once the post mortem of the deceased victim was already conducted at Safdurjung hospital, New Delhi, there cannot be any bad intention on the part of anyone to expedite the cremation except to obviate the political violent situation resulting from planned caste divide by certain vested interests,” the affidavit said.

“The state government is committed to conduct free and fair investigation to reach the truth. The state govt seeks indulgence of this court to direct the CBI to investigate into the incident and into criminal conspiracy to spread caste conflict and instigate violence and incidents of propaganda by certain sections of media and political interests,” the UP government said in the affidavit.

 A bench headed by CJI SA Bobde will hear the matter at 12.30 pm on Tuesday.

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