CBI’s efforts to exhume bodies of the two rape victims in UP’s Badaun district failed for the second day on Sunday with gushing waters from the swollen Ganga submerging the graves, prompting the agency to go in for examination of the doctor who conducted the first autopsy.
Drawing flak from the family of the victims for the delay in the exhumation process, CBI has contended that the decision to exhume the bodies can only be taken by the three-member medical board and the agency can only facilitate the process.
CBI sources said the panel had met on Thursday and decided to exhume the bodies on Sunday. Soon after the decision was taken, they approached the district magistrate to take permission which was granted.
Graves were seen fully under water with red flags atop two poles to mark the area.
The sources said the exhumation process is not likely in the near future as the levels of the river have risen.
With little chances of immediately carrying out the exhumation process, the medical board led by Dr Adarsh Kumar from AIIMS and experts from Safdarjung and Maulana Azad Hospital, returned to Delhi.
They inspected the scene of crime and assessed the mortuary facilities where first postmortem was done by the local doctors, the sources said.
The panel also held exhaustive discussions with the doctors who had conducted the first postmortem, family members and witnesses, they said.
With heavy rain predicted in Uttarakhand, there is no likelihood of river levels coming down in the near future and if the conditions remained like this, the agency may have to wait for months to carry out the process, the sources said.
The two cousins, aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a tree in the village in Ushait area in UP’s Badaun district the next day, sparking nationwide outrage.