The Uttar Pradesh police has arrested Satyanand, the main accused in the gang-rape and murder of an Anganwadi worker in Badaun. The accused, a temple priest, was picked up from a village on Thursday night where he was hiding in the house of one his associates.
The 50-year-old victim was allegedly raped and abandoned outside her home on Sunday night.
The priest used to live in the temple where the woman was gang-raped and murdered. He was booked along with his two aides for the crime. The aides were arrested on Wednesday.
According to sources, the victim was a regular visitor to the temple. The accused is an original resident of Aonla area of Bareilly district. He moved to Badaun seven years ago and started living in the temple.
People who frequented the temple said Satyanand conducted rituals for them and also offered concoctions for aches and pains. Badaun SSP Sankalp Sharma said the two men arrested have said that they found the woman in an injured state and wanted to help her.
However, the woman`s family rejected the duo`s assertion. Her son-in-law said, “If they wanted to help, they could have woken up people in the village. But their intention was to leave her dead. She was a God-fearing person, we cannot imagine something like this would happen to her in a temple.”
The chief medical officer of Badaun, Dr Yashpal Singh had said the woman died of trauma and excessive bleeding.
A team from the National Commission for Women (NCW) had met the family members of the woman.
A statement of NCW member Chandramukhi Devi, who was visiting the kin of victim became controversial when she said that the incident could have been avoided had the woman not ventured out in the evening.
However, later she withdrew the statement.
The station house officer (SHO) of the area was suspended for dereliction of duty. The district magistrate had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased.