Unnao dalit girls’ death turns murkier; ‘Post-mortem reveals several things’

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Unnao police registered a case of murder in connection with the deaths of two teenage girls whose bodies were found in a field here even as a post-mortem revealed no injury marks. File photo.

Unnao police registered a case of murder in connection with the deaths of two teenage dalit girls whose bodies were found in a field here even as a post-mortem revealed no injury marks.

A third girl, who is on ventilator support at a Kanpur hospital, is being treated for suspected poisoning.

IGP, Lucknow Range said the post-mortem has given several clues and six police teams have been formed to investigate the case.

“Six teams have been formed. They’ve been given different tasks and further investigation is on. The SP Unnao himself is monitoring these teams. The post-mortem report has revealed several things and we are heading in the right direction. We hope to get a breakthrough soon,” said IGP, Lucknow Range.

While the post-mortem report said there were no injury marks, it indicated that poisoning could have been the cause of death after which a murder FIR was registered against unknown people.

“Our work is to maintain law and order. There is no pressure from us. They said they will cremate tomorrow as some of their relatives are coming. It’s their decision, we are not creating pressure on them,” Anand Kulkarni, Superintendent of Police, Unnao, was quoted as saying by PTI.

Yogi government slammed

The Uttar Pradesh human rights body has taken note of the incident at Babuhara village in Asoha — around 36 km south of Lucknow — in Unnao district on Wednesday evening and political parties slammed the Yogi Adityanath government over it.

Although the cause of death could not be immediately ascertained in the post-mortem, samples from the girls’ viscera have been preserved for further examination, police said.

However, police ruled out the suggestion that the victims’ hands were tied, citing the absence of any injury marks. Apart from Section 302 (murder), the FIR also lists Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code, related to causing disappearance of evidence. The case mentioning the two sections was lodged on the basis of the family’s complaint.

The three girls, aged 16, 15 and 14, were found in a field by the villagers when they did not return after leaving their house to take fodder for cattle, police had said.

They rushed the teenagers, who are related, to a hospital, where two of them were declared brought dead. The other girl was rushed to a district hospital and later referred to a Kanpur healthcare facility, according to police.

Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad demanded that a post-mortem be conducted by a medical board of AIIMS Delhi and the third girl be shifted there for treatment.

A Samajwadi Party spokesperson said a delegation would visit Unnao on Saturday to meet the family members of the victims.

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