NOIDA: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has issued an arrest warrant against the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Jyoti Narayan for failing to investigate the seven alleged rape cases in Bhatta-Parsaul. The Commission has also taken into cognizance the failure of the SSP to comply with its earlier summons of submitting the status report in the cases.
Speaking to TOI, NCSC chairperson PL Punia said that not only has an arrest warrant been issued, but the Uttar Pradesh DGP has also been instructed to produce Narayan before the Commission on October 25.
“Earlier, four summons had been issued to the SSP to produce before the Commission the status report of the seven alleged rape cases, but he did not follow the instructions. Moreover, he did not even get rape cases registered. When the SSP did not respond to repetitive calls made by the Commission, an arrest warrant was issued,” Punia said, adding that the SSP ignored the gravity of the issue. “He just told the Commission that the matter has been referred to the UP CB-CID. However, if the police does not register a case, then the CB-CID will not be able to carry out any investigation,” Punia said.
Meanwhile, SSP Jyoti Narayan said that so far he has not received the warrant. “I was in a meeting in Delhi when I came to know about the development in the case. I will only comment when I get the warrant. The case has been handed over to the CB-CID and the district police have nothing to do with the case,” Narayan told TOI.
The NCSC and Uttar Pradesh police locked horns over the alleged rapes after the Commission sought registration of FIRs against the accused policemen after the clash between police and farmers when the latter were agitating against land acquisition in Greater Noida on May 7. The Commission had written to the Noida SSP for registration of the cases after receiving affidavits from the victims.
Earlier, on September 19, the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the director general of police, Uttar Pradesh and senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar following complaints by 15 women of Bhatta village alleging that police had, in the name of investigation, raided their houses late at night in the absence of women constables. The women alleged that the police even harassed them and used abusive language.