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Kanpur school manager's son held for sexual assault

December 31, 2010 15:31 IST

The CB-CID team, probing the sexual assault of a girl student in Kanpur, has said that the DNA test of the school manager and his two sons have matched with the semen found on the clothes of the victim.

The 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by Piyush, younger son of the school manager Chanderpal Verma, the team said in its report. The report also held guilty Verma and his elder son Mukesh for not taking the victim to the hospital following which the girl died.

A chargesheet will be filed in the case soon, the CB-CID officials said.

They also said the neighbour Munna, who was arrested by the police, is innocent and will be soon released from jail. Fourteen DNA samples were taken in the case. These included samples of Chanderpal Verma, Mukesh, Piyush, Munna and some school teachers and students, ASP D P Srivastav and Investigation Officer Arun Kumar told PTI over phone.

The samples were sent for testing at forensic laboratory in Lucknow and Hyderabad, they said. According to preliminary investigations, the CB-CID team found that the 70-year-old school manager was at his home, while his elder son was in Unnao. Piyush was, however, near the school premises, they said. Later call details of Piyush's mobile phone also hinted of his involvement in the case, they said.

Piyush, who is the main accused will be booked under IPC 377 (unnatural offences) in the chargesheet to be filed by the team on January 3, they said. Meanwhile, Kanpur DIG Ashok Mutha Jain said since the matter was being probed by CB-CID, the team will submit their report to officials in Lucknow and thereafter also any investigation will be carried out by the state capital officers only.

On September 27, a 12-year-old student was allegedly sexually assaulted at Bharatiya Gyan Sthali School. The girl was sent back home along with two maids and her mother was informed at her work place. The girl was admitted to a hospital where she died the same day. Manager of the school Chanderpal Verma, along with his son Mukesh alias Sudhir Kumar --also an employee at the school-- were later arrested under section 109 (punishment for abetment) and 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

Later when several political leaders threatened to launch a massive protest if the "real" culprit was not brought to book, Verma's younger son Piyush was also arrested. The district administration then recommended to the Uttar Pradesh government that a CB-CID inquiry be initiated into the alleged sexual assault case of the victim. Kanpur Police and the district administration have recommended to the state home secretary that an inquiry be conducted by the CB-CID or any other investigating agency, district official Mukesh Meshram said.

On October 23, the Uttar Pradesh government ordered the CB-CID probe into the case.

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