On Wednesday February 17, two Dalit girls, aged 13 and 16, were found dead on the field in UP’s Unnao.
Another seventeen-year-old Dalit girl was found in critical condition at the same spot.
UP Police filed a FIR on Thursday, 18 February for murder and hiding evidence against unknown persons on family complaints.
The police said that the five men identified as Shubham, Shivam, Harishankar, Umesh and Ram Kishore, had allegedly thrown kerosene on the woman and set her ablaze when she was on her way to a local court for the hearing of a rape case she had filed.
According to the FIR, the three girls had come to the field to collect fodder for their cattle on Wednesday, but did not reach their home till late in the night .
In an unconscious state at night, the three girls were found in a field.
The FIR reports that the scarves were tied around the necks and that all three girls were frothed out of their mouths. First, they were taken to a nursing home, where the doctor did not do the examination.
Still in a critical state, they received preliminary treatment and was brought to a CHC Asoha government hospital in which two girls were reported dead on arrival. They were then sent to the District Hospital of Unnao.
The police said that they suspected a poisoning case, quoting prima facie evidence, but further inquiries were conducted and necessary steps taken.
When the girls were found, their hands or legs were not bound but was frothing at the mouth, one of the victims’ mothers said.
However, another member of the family claimed that their hands were tied, noting that suicide did not happen.
The third victim, who fought for her life, was transferred to Kanpur Regency Hospital where she was kept fan. District Magistrate Unnao, Ravindra Kumar, has sent a letter to the private hospital informing the public that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund will bear the full cost of the girl’s treatment.
The two girls will be cremated in Asoha on Friday amid high police security. For now, the area is sealed and a dog squad is conducting searches for further evidences.