BJP leader Keshav Prasad on Saturday demanded an “unconditionally apology” from the state government for the killing of a Hindu student.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, he said the state has not done enough to protect minorities and should be more “sensitive to the needs of its minorities”.
In a Facebook post, he wrote, “A few days ago, I was with my party leaders, including Dr M Venkaiah Naidu and Dr Ashish Shelar, who were in Varanasi, and in their presence we met with the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and the Superintendent of Police, who told us that the incident had occurred.
The DCP told us not to worry, that it is under the jurisdiction of the police, and that it has already taken action against the accused.
We then told them that we would be coming to the spot immediately, but we didn’t receive any answer.”
According to Prasads Facebook post in Hindi, the minister also said that the “victim had gone to the DTC, the Superintendent told us he would not take any action against him, and there was nothing to report against him.
The police were very slow in taking action, and we saw the situation deteriorating from there.
The victim was then taken to the police station, where he was tortured, raped and killed.
The entire incident was recorded on video and the victim was burnt alive.
We feel like we are being cheated.”
Earlier in the day, the state BJP government had issued an FIR against the “Hindu fundamentalist” Ram Singh, accusing him of killing a 15-year-old student in Varas on May 16, 2017.
In the FIR, the police said that Singh “caused death of a victim by throwing him into a tank, after which he was killed by the police”.
The girl, Rishi Prasadic, had gone out with her friends in Varana on May 15 to participate in a ‘Rosh-e-Shaat’ festival at a temple near the village.
Police said she was raped, beaten and set on fire.
The girl’s body was later found in a tank in a forest near the temple.
The government later said that “no criminal action has been initiated” against the police.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Prasades’ party had demanded a “unwavering” response from the government and said the “government should immediately and unconditionally apologise for the “abhorrent and illegal” killing of Rishi.