UP Cops Say Sudiksha Bhati Wasn’t ‘Harassed’, Accident Caused By Minor Brother

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Sudiksha Bhati, the 20-year-old woman who tragically died on Monday in a road accident in Bulandshahr district of UP, was not being harassed when the accident took place, the Bulandshahr Police said on Thursday. The cops claim that the narrative that she was allegedly harassed by some eve-teasers which caused the accident is false. People are reportedly trying to “twist” the narrative, the Police said adding that they had to rule out “harassment” in the case after finding no evidence to back the allegation. They have also assured that further investigation is on.

Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh said the FIR does not include harassment or eve-teasing charges. The complaint was lodged by Sudiksha’s father, based on the statements from her cousin brother and an eye-witness, News18 reported. Bulandshahr District Magistrate (DM) Ravindra Kumar has also denied her family’s allegations.

The DM further went on to say that the accident wasn’t caused by random men but it was a case of underage driving. He explained that her minor brother was driving, who lost control of the motorbike they were riding. The accident took place near the Aurangabad police station area of Bulandshahr.

What You Should Know

  • Sudiksha Bhati, a 20-year-old girl from UP’s Gautam Buddha Nagar, died on Monday after she fell from a motorcycle.
  • Her minor cousin was driving at the time of the incident, police claims.
  • Cops say the narrative in Sudiksha Bhati’s death case is being “twisted by some people”.
  • Sudiksha made headlines when she bagged a scholarship from a top US college in 2018.

Sudiksha’s father, Jitendra Bhati, owns a dhaba in a small village of Bulandshahr and her mother is a homemaker. Earlier, her family had accused that two men on a motorbike allegedly started following her while her paternal uncle, Satendra Bhati, was driving the bike, not her brother. It was also reported that these men performed stunts and verbally harassed Sudiksha.

“The matter has been given a twist by people. The woman was on a huge scholarship and people thought of insurance money. The boy who was riding the bike has just passed the high school; he is probably a minor,” Singh recently clarified NDTV reported.

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Police denied the family’s claim

“In the investigation so far and on the basis of the eye-witness’s statement, there has been no confirmation that it was a case of harassment,” police chief said.

The Bulandshahr police tweeted a video and shared her brother’s statement:

A meritorious student, Sudiksha secured 98 percent marks in her Class 12 CBSE board exams in 2018. She received a scholarship worth Rs 3.8 crore from the Babson College in the US to pursue a undergraduate course in entrepreneurship, according to NDTV. She had returned to her hometown in June amid coronavirus lockdown and was planning to return to the US on August 20.

The FIR has been lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code — 279 (rash driving on a public way), 304A (causing death due to negligence), 184 (dangerous driving), 192 of the Motor Vehicles Act, among others.

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