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Bikaner gangrape-murder case: NHRC seeks report from Rajasthan government, State Police 

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Taking suo motu cognisance of the alleged gangrape and murder of a 21-year-old Dalit woman in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to the Rajasthan government, as well as the State DGP, seeking a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

The Commission observed that the contents of the media report, if true, amounted to the violation of human rights of the victim by those responsible for ensuring the safety and security of citizens. 

Issuing notice to the State Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Rajasthan, the national rights body directed the senior government officials to include in the report the present status of the investigation being conducted in the matter by the police, departmental action taken against the public servants, and arrest of the third accused. 

The Commission further sought details regarding the relief provided by the state to the family of the victim.

As per the complaint filed by the victim’s father, the girl had left her home at 10 am on June 20 to go to her coaching centre in Khajuwala. She was abducted mid-way by one Dinesh Bishnoi and two policemen Manoj Bishnoi and Bhagirath Bishnoi of Khajuwala police station. The trio took her to a house and raped her there. 

The complaint alleged that in order to hide the incident, the body of the victim was thrown near the cinema hall. 

On June 21, the Rajasthan government agreed to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident.

As per sources, the two cops suspected to be involved in the crime have been suspended.

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