The district administration on Saturday exhumed the body of Yunus, the key CBI witness in the Unnao rape and murder case, whose mysterious death and quiet burial was questioned by the survivor’s family and in political circles.
Yunus, who belonged to the minor girl’s village, was a witness in the case of assault on her father by BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar’s brother and aides. Sengar is an accused in the rape case.
The minor's father died in judicial custody in April this year, allegedly of the injuries he suffered during the assault. After the attack, he was arrested by the Unnao police for illegal possession of arms and sent to judicial custody on a complaint by the MLA’s side.
Yunus’s death came to light when the survivor’s uncle alleged that his body was buried hurriedly without an autopsy. Demanding that the body be exhumed, he added that the witness’s family did not inform the police or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about his death. In an application to the police and the agency, he alleged that Yunus was “murdered as part of a conspiracy”.
On Saturday, the district administration reached the deceased’s residence in Makhi village along with several police personnel and dug up the grave again in the presence of a team of doctors, a pharmacist and the ‘sheher qazi’.
Protesting against the exhumation, Yunus's kin reached the residence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath to complain that the process was carried out without their consent. The deceased’s wife Shabina Khatoon, along with other family members, tried to immolate themselves, saying Islam did not permit the re-digging of a grave.
The family has maintained that Yunus died of a liver ailment. Shabina had given a written application, stating that her husband had been suffering from a liver disorder since 2012 and had received treatment in Unnao, Kanpur and Lucknow. She added that her husband was critical for the past one month and passed away on August 18. (With inputs from agencies)
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