Hathras (UP): The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hathras case has been given 10 days more time to investigate. However, the team of SIT (Hathras Case SIT Investigation) was supposed to send a report to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today (October 7) but now the deadline has been extended. It is to be noted that it was CM Yogi who ordered SIT investigation in the case.

Based on the preliminary finding of the SIT, the Yogi Adityanath government suspended Hathras SP and four other police officers for their ‘handling’ of the case. The SIT, headed by Uttar Pradesh home secretary Bhagwan Swaroop, also recommended lie-detector tests for all those who are involved, including the family members of the victim.

Deputy inspector general of police Chandraprakash and IPS officer Poonam are the other two members of the SIT.

On behalf of the Principal Secretary (Home) Avnish Kumar Awasthi, the SIT has been given an additional time of 10 days on the instructions of the CM.

The 19-year-old woman was assaulted by four men of the so-called upper caste community at her village on September 14 and left with horrific wounds including fractures, a spinal injury that left her paralysed and a gash in her tongue. The UP police, accused of a slow response to the woman's complaint, has alleged that there was no rape or gang rape involved and that a forensic report proves it. That claim has been questioned by experts who point out that the samples were taken 11 days after the woman was attacked.

The victim was cremated in the middle of the night "to avoid large-scale violence" the next morning, the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court today, citing intelligence inputs of "major law and order problems".

In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the UP government also justified the 2.30 am cremation saying there was a high alert in the district because of the Babri mosque verdict a day later.