Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan said in a recent interview that the Bulandshahr gangrape incident could be a ‘political conspiracy’ to defame the government. A gang of highway robbers brutally raped a woman and her 13-year-old daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car on NH-91 when they were travelling with their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur on Friday night.
“We need to investigate whether this is a conspiracy by opponents who want to defame the government,” said Azam Khan. “For votes, people can stoop to any level. There can be a Muzaffarnagar, a Shamli and Kairana…why not this? For power, politicians can murder people, trigger riots, kill innocent people, so the truth has to be found out,” he remarked.
Later, Khan attempted to clarify his position. “I didn’t say it’s an ‘opposition conspiracy’. I just said that the UP elections are nearing and the fact that so many such incidents are happening needs to be investigated,” he told ANI.
Azam Khan’s comments that the Bulandshahr highway gangrape was a ‘political conspiracy’ has kicked up a storm in the state ahead of next year’s assembly elections.
Lately a video of Azam Khan has gone viral on social media in which he is seen saying He added “When innocent people can be murdered for political gains, when Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar can happen, when Shamli and Kairana can happen … It is not just a matter of two rapes. It is important to know the truth behind it”
Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested the three accused of Bulandshahr Gangrape and detained dozen others after launching a massive hunt for the gang of dacoits suspected to be behind the Bulandshahr highway Gangrape.
Azam Khan’s comments invited strong criticism on social media with many accusing him of being extremely insensitive.