- The dead bodies of the two sisters were found from Nighasan police station limits
- The mother of the girls accused three youths from the neighbouring village of murder
- Villagers held a demonstration at Nighasan Cross to protest the killings
Lakhimpur Kheri: Two Dalit teenage sisters were found hanging from a tree in a sugarcane field located about a kilometer away from their house in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday. According to the police, the dead bodies of the two sisters were found within Nighasan police station limits.
The mother of the two girls alleged they were murdered and accused three youths from the neighbouring village in Nighasan police station limits of abducting and killing them.
Police said their bodies were sent for post-mortem to ascertain the exact cause of death.
Commenting on the incident, SP Sanjeev Suman confirmed the arrest of six accused in the case. The development was confirmed via a press conference by the district officials.
"Six accused in the matter have been taken into custody. Interrogation is underway," Suman said.
Meanwhile, villagers held a demonstration at Nighasan Cross to protest the killings.
Superintendent of Police Sanjiv Suman and Assistant Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Singh talked to the irate villagers in a bid to console them, while heavy police force was deployed in the village to ensure law and order.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over "increasing" crimes against women in the state and compared the twin deaths with the Hathras gang-rape and murder.
Comparing the case to the Hathras incident, Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet, "Murder of two Dalit sisters after kidnapping them in Nighasan police station area. Their father's allegation on the police is very serious that they carried out 'panchnama' and post-mortem without the family's consent. After farmers in Lakhimpur, the killing of Dalits is now a repetition of the murder of 'Hathras' daughter'."
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also took to Twitter to condemn the incident.
"The killings of the two sisters in Lakhimpur is heartbreaking. Family says the girls were abducted in broad daylight. Law and order in the state doesn't improve by giving false advertisements in newspapers and TV everyday. After all, why are heinous crimes against women increasing in Uttar Pradesh? When will the government wake up?"
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was raped allegedly by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14.
She died on September 29 at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.
The victim was cremated in the dead of the night near her home on September 30.
Her family members had alleged that they were forced by the local police to hurriedly conduct her last rites.
Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out "according to the wishes of the family".
(With inputs from PTI)
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