[h=2]Nitin Gadkari, the leader of India's main opposition party is embroiled in a scandal over the death of a seven-year-old girl whose bruised and bloodied body was found in his car in the grounds of his home.[/h]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8889507/Indian-opposition-leader-Nitin-Gadkari-embroiled-in-scandal-over-death-of-child.html Yogita Thakre, the daughter of a poor cleaner, went missing while her mother worked in a house opposite the home of Mr Gadkari, the president of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, in 2009. She eventually discovered her dead body in Mr Gadkari's car after his security guards told her she was sleeping inside. A potential scandal was avoided at the time when a police inquiry found she had suffocated in the car after becoming accidentally trapped inside by a faulty electronic locking system. But the scandal returned to haunt Mr Gadkari and his party yesterday after the family and its supporters challenged the police findings and accused them of mounting a cover-up to protect the BJP leader and his associates. They used India's Right to Information laws to uncover documents which, they claim, suggest police altered evidence and ignored statements to portray their daughter's murder in a sexual assault as an accidental death. New documents have revealed an initial police report which stated Yogita had been killed by someone who had covered her mouth and nose and her body had been dumped in the Honda car to destroy evidence. It cited a post-mortem report which said she could not have suffocated in the car. However, a later case summary by the police and revised post-mortem found she was "accidentally smothered" to death. It also apparently ignored the evidence of Yogita's mother, who described how she had found her dead body in Mr Gadkari's white Honda CRV car in his drive, and instead claimed she was discovered in a brown Fiat belonging to one of his associates. Mrs Thakre had described how Mr Gadkari's guards had not called the police but harassed her to quickly call a cycle-rickshaw to remove her daughter's body from the BJP leader's property. The doctors who carried out the post-mortem report later revised their conclusions following a lengthy correspondence with detectives. While they had originally noted surface wounds to the girl's genitals, face, leg and arm, they later said genital abrasions were common in poor girls because of poor personal hygiene. Jammu Anand, President of the Nagpur Maid Workers Union, which is supporting the Thakre family, said the police had been involved in a cover-up. "We are not saying Nitin Gadkari is involved but someone close to him is certainly involved," he said. "The girl was sexually assaulted and later murdered. Her body was dumped inside the car to pretend it was an accidental death. The post mortem report says that the girl had 19 fresh wounds on her body. How is it possible that she gets hurt inside a car?" he asked. Mr Gadkari's spokesman declined to comment on the case, while Nagpur police said the matter was sub-judice.