'Media will leave, we will be here': DM warns family of Hathras girl

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Hathras DM with family
Hathras DM with family

Hathras : Hathras District Magistrate Praveen Laxkar was seen issuing a warning to the family of Hathras girl, who was brutally gangraped and later succumbed to her injuries in Delhi. The video was shared by Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday evening.

The family has alleged that they are being pressurized by the DM administration for changing their statements.

The father of the woman said he was being pressured by government officials and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

"Half of the media people have left today, the other half will leave by tomorrow. Only we will stand with you. It is up to you whether you want to change your statement or not," Laxkar could be heard saying.

While sharing the video on social media, Congress leader Surjewala mentioned, "Listen to what the DM of Hathras told the girl's father. 'The media is here today, they will leave tomorrow. They will all go away. Listen to the government.' Shame. Is this a threat or not?"

However, Laxkar later on Thursday quashed reports surrounding his interaction with the family, according to news agency ANI.

"I met with six family members of the victim yesterday and we spoke for about an hour and a half. I met with them again today to see their point of discontent. I deny the negative rumours which are rife about my interactions with them," he said.

"Their main point of apprehension is that the convicted must be punished and be hanged to death. I tried to allay their fears and told them that the matter would be tried in a fast track court," he added.