The gangrape case of two teenage girls from Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district has taken several twists since the CBI started an investigation in May.
In the latest development, the investigation agency has come up with a new angle, claiming that the girls' family forced them to commit suicide.
The CBI's new theory is based on the 27 May incident, where two cousins were found hanging from a tree. On the same evening, victims' uncle Baburam alias Nazru had seen them talking to Pappu Yadav on the outskirts of Badaun's Katra Sadatganj village.
The CBI officials believe that the victims' parents would have got furious after knowing about the meeting, after which they would have forced them to commit suicide to save the family's honour, The Times of India reported.
Pappu was one of the five accused, including his brothers Awadesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav and constables Chhatrapal and Sarvesh Yadav, who were initially accused of raping the cousins and hanging them to the tree.
However, the lie detection tests concluded against the initial investigations, giving a clean chit to the five men. The results further diverted the CBI's suspicion towards victims' family, who, unlike the accused men failed in the lie detection test.
Soon after getting lie detection test results, the CBI received DNA reports that raised doubts on rape accusations, further intensifying the agency's suspicion on the girls' family, whom they believed to have lied throughout the investigation and claimed false allegations against Pappu and others under political influence.
The CBI suspected that a local politician had influenced the family to accuse Pappu and four others who were from a different caste.