Lucknow: The three men arrested in the Bulandshahr gangrape case were identified by the victims, police said on Tuesday even as opposition parties accused ruling SP of "protecting" criminals ahead of Assembly polls and a senior minister suggesting that it could be an outcome of a political conspiracy against the UP government.
Director General of UP Police Javed Ahmed said, "The names of other accused are almost clear and efforts are on to arrest them."
The three men who have been arrested, were identified by the victims, he said, adding that the state police was using all its resources to nab the other accused.
Uttar Pradesh Police had on Sunday arrested – Naresh (25), Bablu (22) and Rais (28) -- and detained a dozen others after launching a massive hunt for the dacoits suspected to be behind the crime.
The DGP, who had visited the spot of crime, said the Special Task Force of UP Police was on the job. Meanwhile, the family of the 13-year-old girl and her mother, who were gangraped at gunpoint, has threatened to commit suicide if the accused were not punished within three months.
"We were looted, beaten up and we all know what they did to my daughter...I want my wife and daughter to punish them. If they are not punished within three months, then all three of us will commit suicide," said the minor victim's father, a cab driver whose family was attacked by a group of bandits on Friday night.
The dacoits had brutally raped the woman and her daughter at gunpoint after dragging them out of a car in Bulandshahr on NH-91 when they were travelling with their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur.
"There were seven-eight men. They tied our hands and feet and beat us. They kept beating us even when we begged for water or we made any movement," the 39-year-old man said, alleging that they did not get any help on dialing police control room number 100.
Accusing the Samajwadi Party government of "protecting and appeasing" criminals ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled next year, BJP asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to seek a CBI probe in the gangrape case if he has any "shame" left.
Meanwhile, senior SP leader and UP minister Azam Khan has kicked up a controversy by suggesting that the Bulandshahr case could be an outcome of a political conspiracy against the ruling party, drawing condemnation from rival parties.
Khan, who was in Rampur yesterday, termed the gangrape of the 13-year-old girl and her mother as an attempt to "malign" the SP government by those who want to "come to power" in poll-bound UP.