Badaun Rape And Murder: CBI To Resume Exhuming Bodies of Teens

The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI will today resume exhuming the bodies of two teenagers who were allegedly gang-raped before being hanged alive in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh in May. Digging had to be suspended yesterday due to constant inflow of water from a swelling Ganga which flows adjacent to the grave of the minors.

The CBI, which was handed over the investigation into the double murders that sparked global outrage, had decided to conduct fresh autopsies on the bodies of the cousins, aged 14 and 15, after the initial post-mortem report only suggested rape, without conclusively proving it. (Read more...)

Yesterday, the graves were dug up till eight feet but the bodies still could not be located.

The CBI is now in touch with local administration officials, who are trying to rope in a local construction company to get more advanced equipment to continue the digging. 

Sources in the CBI said the agency has made arrangements to conduct a fresh autopsy near the graves.

Unless there is a compelling reason to conduct an autopsy elsewhere, a medical board constituted by the CBI will undertake the process on the spot.

Sources said a board of three forensic experts had recommended that a fresh autopsy was needed before forming any opinion in the case.

Late last month, the CBI completed lie-detector or polygraph tests on all the five men accused in the case and said it had recorded some "deviations" in their statements. (Read more...)

The two victims went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village orchard the next morning.


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