Amid the massive outrage against the Hathras rape and murder incident, a purported video of Hathras District Magistrate Parveen Laxkar surfaced on the internet, where the district head can be seen issuing a ‘veiled’ warning to the kin of the victim.
In the video, which was shared by Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, Praveen Laxkar can be heard asking the victim’s father to comply with the government and also said that the media persons will not remain here and only the administration will stand with them.
Sharing the video, Surjewala said, “Listen to what the DM of Hathras told the girl’s father. ‘The media is here today, they will leave tomorrow. They will all go away. Listen to the government.’ Shame. Is this a threat or not?”
“Half of the media people have left today, the other half will leave by tomorrow. Only we will stand with you. It is up to you whether you want to change your statement or not,” Laxkar could be heard saying in the purported video shared by Randeep Singh Surjewala.
However, as the video went viral, Laxkar, according to news agency ANI dismissed reports of his interaction with the victim’s family and denied the negative rumours which are rife about his interactions with the kin.
“I met with six family members of the victim yesterday and we spoke for about an hour and a half. I met with them again today to see their point of discontent. I deny the negative rumours which are rife about my interactions with them,” he said as quoted by news agency ANI
“Their main point of apprehension is that the convicted must be punished and be hanged to death. I tried to allay their fears and told them that the matter would be tried in a fast track court,” he added.
The 50-year-old father of the Hathras rape and murder victim, meanwhile, claimed that the family was pressurised by the administration and three members of his family were forced to visit a police station where the DM and Police officials made them sign some documents. The father of the victim also demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
“But we are not satisfied with this. My daughter’s case should be probed by the CBI and monitored by a Supreme Court judge. We are under pressure from officials and confined to our home while the media has also been disallowed from meeting us,” he said in a purported video shared by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Twitter.