New Delhi - Police in northern India on Monday filed a murder case against a ruling party lawmaker accused of raping a teenage girl after a complaint by her family that he had attempted to kill her.
The 19-year-old was travelling in a car with her lawyer and two female relatives in Uttar Pradesh state late Sunday when a truck rammed their vehicle.
The girl and the lawyer were critically injured while her relatives died, police said.
Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state assembly, was accused of sexually assaulting the girl in 2017. He was arrested has been in jail pending the rape trial since last year.
"We have registered a case of murder, criminal conspiracy against Sengar and nine more people in connection with Sunday's accident, following a complaint from her family," district police chief Sunil Kumar Singh said by phone.