Hathras: Family was against our friendship, so we killed her, Hathras rape case accused told.
The main accused in the alleged Hathras gang rape has written to the Uttar Pradesh police, claiming that he and the three other accused are being framed in the case and sought “justice” for the four men.
He also accused the woman’s mother and brother of torturing her.
The letter has emerged amid police claims that there is evidence that the victim’s family knew one of the accused.
Sandeep Thakur, who is in jail along with the three others, has written a letter to the police in Hathras, claiming that he and the 20-year-old woman were “friends”.
“Apart from meeting, we used to speak on the phone once in a while,” he wrote on Wednesday, in the handwritten letter in Hindi. The letter has the thumb impressions of all four accused.
The UP police had claimed that call records reveal that the woman’s brother had was in touch with Sandeep Thakur. Some 104 calls were made between the brother and Sandeep Thakur from October last year to March, the police claim.
Sandeep Thakur, in his letter, alleged that her family did not like their friendship. “On the day of the incident, I had gone to meet her in the fields that day where her mother and brothers were also present. I returned home after being asked by her to do so. I then started feeding cattle,” he said.
“I later got to know from the villagers that her mother and brothers beat her up over our friendship, injuring her badly. I have never beaten her or done anything wrong with her. Her mother and brothers falsely accused me and three others and sent us to jail. We’re all innocent. Request you to please investigate and get us justice,” he said.
The victim’s father has denied the allegations made by the accused. “I have lost my daughter. Now they are trying to malign us. We are not afraid. The allegations are totally false. We don’t need want any compensation or any money. We want justice,” the woman’s father told NDTV.