A 20-year-old meritorious student died in a road accident on Monday in Aurangabad area of Bulandshahr. While the girl’s family members alleged that it was a case of harassment that led to the accident, Bulandshahr police said there was no proof of it yet.
Sudiksha Bhati had earned a scholarship and was studying at a prestigious U.S. university. She returned to her home town Dadri in Gautam Buddh Nagar before the lockdown and on Monday was going to meet her maternal uncle in Madhogarh village in Jhangirabad area of Bulandshahr when the incident happened.
On Tuesday evening, the girl’s father Jitendra Bhati lodged a complaint in the Aurangabad police station wherein no direct mention of harassment was made. He said his daughter went to meet her maternal uncle on a bike with her uncle Satendra and a cousin on Monday. At around 9.30 a.m., two men riding a bike indiscriminately overtook them and deliberately applied the brakes in front of their motorcycle.
“Her uncle lost balance and Sudiksha fell down from the bike. She received head injuries and died during treatment,” the complaint said.
On the basis of the complaint, Bulandshahr police registered an FIR under Sections 304a ( causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) and sections 177, 184 and 192 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988 against two unidentified persons, on Tuesday night.
Earlier Satendra Bhati told reporters that he was driving the motorcycle. “The boys were passing lewd remarks on Sudiksha and were performing stunts,” he said.
DM Ravindra Kumar said the harassment angle was being investigated. “According to our information the cousin brother was driving the bike and in his conversation with the police in a video clip, he didn’t mention the harassment angle. A constable was sent to her maternal uncle’s place and he said the brother is a minor.”
Atul Shrivastava, SP (City) Bulandshahar said a police team has been formed to find the unidentified bikers.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the Yogi Adityanth government in Uttar Pradesh over women security and called for zero tolerance for crimes against women. “The incident shows the end of fear of the law in UP and a prevailing atmosphere of insecurity for women.”