The Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a report justifying why the Central Bureau of Investigation should not be asked to inquire into the rape of a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter in Bulandshahr.
The court took suo moto cognizance of the case and gave the state government until August 10 to respond.
The woman and her teenage daughter were travelling with some others of their family from Noida to Shahjahanpur when a gang of bandits forced them off the NH-91 on the night of July 29 and into some fields nearby.
The Uttar Pradesh Police, which is under tremendous pressure to arrest those involved in the Bulandshahr gang-rape case, has picked up 11 suspected members of the Saleem Bawaria gang for questioning in connection with the horrific incident.
Those picked up by the police are believed to be closely associated with the kingpin of the Bawaria gang. Sources claim that these suspects were picked on the basis of information that they had been in Kithore area of Meerut before proceeding to Bulandshahr.
The arrested Bawaria gang members were under electronic surveillance for as long as five months for their alleged involvement in other crimes, said a senior police official.