Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Tuesday created a controversy by alleging that a "political conspiracy" might be involved in the gang-rape of a Noida-based mother and daughter near Bulandshahr .
The urban development and parliamentary affairs minister said in Raampur on Monday night that the investigative agencies should explore the possibility of some opposition party being involved in the gang-rape .
While justifying the action against policemen on the issue, the minister further said that the government should also keep a watch on opponents as "people can stoop to any levels" in politics.
"For votes, people can stoop to any level. There can be a Muzaffarnagar, a Shamli and Kairana...why not this? For power, politicians can murder people, trigger riots, kill innocent people, so the truth has to be found out," he remarked.
Reacting sharply to the statement, BJP said that Azam Khan has crossed all the limits.
"He is doing politics on gang-rape now. It's a matter of shame," the BJP said. The BJP demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said it was shameful that a senior minister could make such outrageous statements.
The state's Samajwadi Party government has been aggressively attacked by opposition parties who say Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav must resign for his failure to protect people in UP.
Mr Yadav will meet the family on Thursday.
The 39-year-old cab driver whose family was attacked, said: "We don't want politics. We don't want politicians visiting. We want justice. My child has barely spoken since the attack."
He was on its way to a funeral late on Friday, along with his family and that of his brother's, when armed men stopped his car, tied and beat up the men and gang-raped his 35-year-old wife and teen daughter for almost three hours.
"We were looted, beaten up and we all know what they did to my daughter...I want my wife and daughter to punish them. If they are not punished within three months, then all three of us will commit suicide," he said. The family has not returned home to avoid facing neighbours or friends.