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Lakhimpur Kheri: Six arrested for alleged rape and murder of two minor Dalit girls in UP

The mother of the minor girls, aged 15 and 17 years, has alleged that they were murdered and accused three youths from the neighbouring village of abducting and killing them.

Lakhimpur Kheri: Six arrested for alleged rape and murder of two minor Dalit girls in UP
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Six men were arrested on Thursday in connection with the alleged murder of two Dalit teenage sisters who were found hanging from a tree in a sugarcane field in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday. The incident happened under the Nighasan police station limits, police said.

The mother of the minor girls, aged 15 and 17 years, has alleged that they were murdered and accused three youths from the neighbouring village of abducting and killing them.

“We have arrested Junaid, Sohail, Hafizur Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chottu in an overnight operation,” Lakhimpur Kheri Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjiv Suman told reporters.

The SP said that two accused, Junaid and Sohail, were allegedly in a relationship with the two sisters.

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“According to preliminary investigation, the two sisters left their home on Wednesday afternoon after they were persuaded by Junaid and Sohail. Junaid and Sohail have confessed that they strangulated the girls after raping them,” the SP said.

The duo then called two more accused – Karimuddin and Arif – to dispose of their bodies, and hanged the bodies to make it look like a suicide.

Earlier, Additional SP Arun Kumar Singh, Lakhimpur Kheri had said that four accused were taken into custody, ANI had reported.

Locals said that the bodies of the two girls were found hanging from a tree in the sugarcane field with a scarf.

Meanwhile, villagers held a demonstration to protest the killings. The police faced protests when they went to take the bodies for post-mortem. However, following a heated exchange, the bodies were finally sent for post-mortem.

Superintendent of Police Sanjiv Suman and ASP Arun Kumar Singh spoke to villagers to bring the situation under control. Heavy police were deployed on the spot.

Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) on charges of rape, murder and child abuse under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). It named one accused while three were unidentified, NDTV reported.

The incident has also been condemned by Opposition leaders in the state who targeted the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government over the law and order situation in the state.

Samajwadi Party leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, sharing visuals of protest from the village, said that the matter was a serious one and alleged that their post-mortem was done without the family’s consent.

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Congress leader and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that the incident is “heart-wrenching”.

“Giving false advertisements in newspapers and TV every day does not improve law and order. Why are heinous crimes against women increasing in UP?” she wrote in a tweet in Hindi.

The incident brings back memories of 2014 from UP’s Budaun when the bodies of two Dalit sisters were found hanging from a tree. The case was being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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