In a new twist in the Hyderabad teen gang rape case, a BJP MLA has released a video clip and photos alleging the son of an AIMIM MLA is in a car with the survivor, where the leader says the minor was sexually assaulted .
Police have so far maintained that the lawmaker’s son was not present at the time of the crime.
The video clip and photos shared with DailyExpertNews show a young man, allegedly the son of AIMIM MLA, who was involved in an intimate act with the underage girl in the presence of other suspects.
BJP MLA Raghunandan Rao claimed to cover it up and delay police action and try to find out why the police have not named the MLA’s son as one of the suspects.
“The police have admitted that the girl is a minor and that sexual assault has taken place. Now they have to answer who sexually assaulted the girl in the Mercedes. Is it the son of the MLA or not? As you know, there is for a minor no doubt of consent. Why are those in the Mercedes not booked under the POCSO Act? Why has the son of the MLA been released,” asks Mr Rao.
The BJP MLA claimed it has more evidence to prove the involvement of the AIMIM MLA’s son in the crime.
Hyderabad Police have dismissed the BJP MLA’s claim as unfounded.
“We have identified five perpetrators based on CCTV footage and the survivor’s statement, and the MLA’s son is not one of them,” Joel Davis, West Zone deputy police commissioner, said Friday.
Three suspects, including two teenagers, have so far been taken into custody for allegedly raping the girl. One of the two teenagers detained yesterday is the son of a local leader of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi party. Another suspect, identified as Saduddin Malik, was arrested on Friday.
The 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by five young men when she returned home on May 28 after a party in the Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad.
The boys had offered to drop her off at home. Instead, they went to a pastry shop and coffee shop, where they turned into an Innova. After traveling for a while, she was reportedly assaulted in the vehicle parked in the city. They took turns raping her while the others kept watch outside, police said.