“Yes…the time for submitting report for the SIT has been extended by 10 days,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi told PTI. Asked about the reasons for the extension, he added, “The reason is one. The probe is not complete.” The Yogi Adityanath government is fighting severe criticism for its handling of the case, particularly after the local police burnt the woman’s body at night without the family’s approval. However, officials said the cremation was done “as per the wishes of the family”.
The government has claimed that some people were trying to foment caste tensions in the aftermath of the alleged rape of the woman by four “upper caste” men on September 14. Quoting an FSL report, it has denied the rape charge. Referring to “recent incidents”, Chief Minister Adityanath has said that “anarchist elements” were trying to trigger communal and caste violence in the state.
In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in response to a PIL, the government said there have been “orchestrated efforts to malign the image of government on social media by attributing baseless comments and building up a distorted narrative on the Hathras case”. The woman died on September 29 of the grievous injuries she suffered during the assault.