In yet another twist to the Hathras case, the Uttar Pradesh Police has alleged that funding of around Rs 50 crore was sourced by the Popular Front of India (PFI) from Mauritius to incite casteist violence in Hathras. The Enforcement Directorate had earlier said that they will seek all files from the UP Police and look into the financial angles in the case.

On Monday night, four persons who were on their way to Hathras from Delhi were apprehended from Mathura. They were found to have links with PFI, UP Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said. The four have now been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and for sedition. They have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody.

The four men, including a Delhi-based journalist from Kerala, were arrested in Mathura when they were going to Hathras to meet the family of the 19-year-old woman who died on September 29. They have been identified as Siddique Kappan from Malappuram, Atiq-ur Rehman from Muzaffarnagar, Masood Ahmed from Bahraich and Alam from Rampur.

The Popular Front of India has released a statement saying, ‘these are baseless allegations’.

Meanwhile, an FIR was also filed against Congress leader Shyoraj Jivan Valmiki who was caught on camera allegedly inciting caste riots.

The head of the 19-year-old Dalit victim’s village earlier today made shocking revelations in connection with her alleged gang rape and murder. He alleged that the victim and the main accused were in constant touch over the phone. He also said that the victim’s family had objected to their alleged relationship.

As of now, the three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Under Secretary (Home) of UP government has got an extension of 10 days for the completion of the probe in the case.