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Uttar Pradesh gang-rape and murder: Four arrested; NCW steps in

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NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday took suo moto cognizance in gang-rape and murder of two minors in Uttar Pradesh.

Four accused including a cop were arrested in the brutal incident.

The NCW will send a team to Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh to investigate the matter.

On Wednesday morning, two minor sisters were gang-raped and murdered before their bodies were hung from a tree in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh.The local police stood by the perpetrators untill the agitated villagers rose up against the atrocity. They refused to hand over the bodies of the girls and forced the administration to book the errant constables along with the accused.

The crime took place in Katra village under Saadatganj locality under Ushiat police station of Badaun, one of the four seats the ruling Samajwadi Party won in the Lok Sabha elections. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew Dharmendra Yadav is the Member of Parliament from the seat.

Such was the brazenness with which the crime was committed that a constable of the local police outpost allegedly assisted the accused in the crime while his fellow constable stationed at the outpost on Tuesday night, shooed the victims’ family away when they went to lodge an FIR about the missing girls. On Wednesday morning, the very same constables went to the victim’s house and informed them that bodies of the missing girls had been found hanging from a tree.

Tempers running high over the brutal crime, locals gathered at the crime scene and refused to allow the police to send the bodies for post-mortem demanding immediate action against the accused and the police constables who had connived with the rapists/murderers. Later, the protestors shifted to the Lilawan highway barely 50 meters from the crime scene at Katra village under Ushait police station of the city.

The accused Awdhesh, Brijesh and Pappu are believed to be members of the same family and residents of Katra village. As per the FIR lodged in connection with the incident, the accused were allegedly assisted by two constables Sarvesh Yadav and Chhatrapal apart from two other unidentified accused.

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