Badaun: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today joins a list of politicians who are visiting Badaun in Uttar Pradesh to meet the family of two teenagers were gang-raped and killed earlier this week.
But even as the former chief minister slammed the ruling Samajwadi Party this morning for the law and order situation in the state, elaborate arrangements have been made for her visit to Badaun, at the cost of a farmer's crop.
A farmer's land has been cleared to build a helipad for the BSP chief. A tent and a stage are also being constructed there by the Bahujan Volunteer Force.
This morning, addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Ms Mayawati said "No law and order in Uttar Pradesh... If they can't improve the law and order situation in the state, they should resign... I again appeal for President's rule in the state." (Read: Mayawati Targets Samajwadi Government, Says No Law and Order in UP)
Ms Mayawati's visit to Badaun comes a day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the girls' family. Both of them have demanded a probe into the killings by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
With politicians pouring in to share the grief and offer help, the Samajwadi Party too sent their representative today. Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav visited the girls' family and assured them that the state government will ensure speedy justice.
The two teenaged cousins, aged 15 and 14, were gang-raped and killed on the night of May 27. Their bodies were found hanging from a tree the next day. Police had allegedly refused to register a first information report for hours.
All five accused who had been identified are now under arrest. Two are yet to be identified.