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Attempt by political parties to play Dalit politics over Sanjali’s death falls flat, own cousin turns out to be murderer

Yogesh and two of his relatives had poured inflammable liquid over her and set her on fire. The relatives, Vijay and Akash have confessed their crime.

The horrific murder of a 15-year old girl Sanjali, after she was set ablaze by two bike-borne men last Tuesday has taken a surprising turn after the Uttar Pradesh police found that her own cousin brother Yogesh, who had committed suicide after the incident is behind this gruesome crime, reported Jagran.

Several political parties, especially Congress, had insensitively attempted to politicise the issue and had accused the Yogi Adityanath government of harassing members of the girl’s family including Yogesh instead of nabbing the criminals.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Raj Babbar on Monday had met the family members and had accused state police of losing its effectiveness under Yogi Adityanath government. Babbar had said that the police was making up stories to target the family to hide its failure to crack the case. He went on to claim that the action of the police had driven Yogesh towards suicide.

According to reports, the UP police after a serious investigation has now found out that it was Yogesh who burnt Sanjali to death. The police have said that one-sided romantic affair of the accused had resulted in the murder of the girl. The Uttar Pradesh police had questioned Vijay and Aakash, the relatives of Yogesh, who then confessed that they had helped Yogesh in committing the murder. The Uttar Pradesh police had suspected the involvement of Yogesh in the murder of Sanjali from the very beginning.

Police have reportedly recovered the bikes used for the murder. The vehicles belong to Yogesh and Vijay. Sanjali had named Vijay as one of her main attackers in her statement to police before she succumbed to her injuries. As per reports, the police had also examined mobile chats between Sanjali and Yogesh. Sanjali’s father was attacked by some miscreants last month and Sanjali had reportedly suspected Yogesh for his involvement in the attack.

The gruesome incident took place when Sanjali, a class 10 student, was returning from Asharfi Devi Chidda Singh college, Naumeel village and Yogesh, assisted by the other two accused, attacked and burnt Sanjali by pouring petrol on her. The girl had suffered serious injuries and later succumbed to the injuries in Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi.

The incident had created a tense situation as family members of the girl had blocked the road demanding justice from the state government. The opposition parties citing an opportunity to target the government had staged protests. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and  Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had targeted the Yogi government and had hinted towards making Sanjali’s killing an electoral issue.

Controversial Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani soon jumped in to give it a casteist angle by terming it as an attack on Dalits without knowing the fact that victim’s own cousin was the prime suspect in the case. Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad created a major issue over the murder and threatened to shut the whole country down.

Now that it has been proved that Sanjali’s murder had no caste angle to it, none of the political leaders peddling casteist agendas in the last couple of days over the brutal murder of a young girl have issued apologies for using the incident to fan casteist discord among people.

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