Crimes in UP: Sisters Found Murdered, Another Minor Raped, Killed
Two minor sisters were found murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah on Tuesday morning, 17 April, reported ANI. Quoting police sources, NDTV reported that bullets and slippers have been recovered from the spot where the girls were shot.
According to NDTV, the girls had gone to use the toilet on Monday evening and had been missing ever since.
The next morning, their bodies were found 500 metres away from their village by locals who were on their way to the fields, reported NDTV.
Senior Superintendent of Police Ashok Tripathi told ANI that a probe in the matter has already begun, and the bodies of the two sisters have been sent for postmortem.
NDTV report also quoted police sources and said rape attempts on the girls could not be confirmed before the postmortem report comes.
Assuring the family of justice, Etawah legislator Sarita Bhadauriya told ANI, "It's a serious matter. I am with them in their fight for justice. The accused will be punished,".
Another Minor Raped, Killed in Etah, Opposition Parties Slam Govt
A seven-year-old girl attending a wedding ceremony was allegedly raped and strangulated to death in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah early on 17 April by a man hired to set up tents on the occasion, police said.
According to police, the incident took place at around 1.30 am near Mandi Samiti gate on the Aliganj road where the girl had gone with her family to attend a wedding.
Sonu Jatav (19), who was given the task of putting up tents for the marriage ceremony lured the girl, raped her, and subsequently killed her, Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaurasia said and added that the man was in an inebriated state.
The girl was rushed to the district hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. The body of the girl has been sent for postmortem examination.
"On the basis of complaints filed by family members, police have arrested Sonu Jatav," he said.
The SP also said, "A case has been registered against the accused for rape and murder of the girl. POCSO Act has also been slapped on the accused since the victim is a minor." Angry family members of the minor girl blocked the Etah-Farrukhabad road, demanding Rs 10 lakh as compensation.
"On the one hand, the government claims that encounters are going on in the state and on the other hand, the crime ratio has surged in the state. The BJP had claimed that as soon as they come to power, the law and order of UP will improve. But, going by the sudden spurt of incidents, I feel that even the minor girls are not all safe in the state," he said.
The Congress too, attacked the BJP government on the incident.
UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh said, "It is an irony that criminal elements are roaming freely in the state, and UP has become virtually the number one state in the country going by spurt of rapes and other crimes. Congress will soon launch a mass movement across the state to highlight the surge in crime in the state." The BJP, however, said the party does not believe in saving criminal elements.
"Unlike the past state governments which used to shield criminal elements, the BJP believes in ensuring that swift action is initiated against criminals. The police in UP are working without any dabaav (pressure) and prabhaav (influence). FIRs which were not registered in the previous state governments' regime, are now being immediately registered."
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