Barabanki (UP), July 7: A woman anganwadi worker succumbed to her injuries after she was allegedly set ablaze by two policemen inside a police station in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh.
According to reports, the woman had gone to the police station to free her husband, who had been picked up for questioning. When she refused to bribe the policemen in order to release her husband, she was set ablaze.
The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters in Lucknow: “The government has ordered a magisterial inquiry, strictest action will be taken against the culprits.”
The victim’s son had earlier demanded justice for his mother, saying she would only rest in peace when the guilty are punished.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai on Tuesday said the Barabanki incident was a shameful one which has exposed the reality of the Uttar Pradesh government’s 1090 Women Powerline in the state.
Bajpai said: “The Barabanki incident is a scar on the forehead of the Uttar Pradesh government and the Uttar Pradesh police. It has shown the truth about the 1090 service of the UP police.”
The BJP state president added: “When the police inspector and sub-inspector try to misbehave with a woman inside a police station and upon failing to do so, burn her alive, there is no significance of the 1090 service.”
(With Agency Inputs)