Unnao: A day after two minor dalit girls were found dead in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, while the third girl is still fighting for life in a hospital, UP Police on February 18, filed an FIR against unidentified persons on charges of murder and attempt to hide evidence, upon the complaint of the family members.
The three girls, who were cousins and aged 16, 13 and 17 years old, had left home yesterday afternoon to get fodder for animals. When they did not return home by late evening, the family started a search and found the girls tied up with clothes on and unconsciously lying in the field.
As soon as they found the girls they were rushed to the hospital where the two of them were declared dead, however, the oldest was later taken to a hospital in Kanpur. Later, given to her condition the third victim, who is fighting for her life, was shifted to Kanpur Regency Hospital where she has been kept on ventilator.
District Magistrate Unnao, Ravindra Kumar, has sent a letter to the private hospital informing that the entire cost of the girl’s treatment would be borne by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
UP Police Murder FIR copy in Unnao girls’ death case
Talking to reporters on 17 February night, the mother of one of the victims said that when the girls were found, their hands or legs were not tied but they were frothing at the mouth. However, another family member had claimed their hands were tied, pointing to the fact that it was not a case of suicide.
As per police, the bodies of the two girls have been sent for autopsy, however, the initial post mortem has not been able to ascertain the cause of the death but citing prima facie evidence, the police said that they suspect a case of poisoning but further investigation was being carried out and necessary actions will be taken. Meanwhile, their samples have also been sent for medical examination.
To investigate the incident, six police teams have been formed, while a dog squad was also called to the spot.
According to Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni, a large amount of foam was found at the spot where the girls were found.
Awaiting the postmortem report, Police officer Kulkarni said a lot of questions would be answered once the autopsy report was out.
“We are investigating the matter and questioning people,” Mr Kulkarni said.
However, the family said they had no enmity with anyone.
“We started a search after the girls didn’t return home for hours and found them tied up in the field, unconscious,” said the brother of one of the girls.
Furthermore, another relative added that they got worried after the girls didn’t return by the evening.
“We called out their names in the field but no one answered. Later we found them on our own field. We can’t accuse anyone as we did not have any enmity with anyone,” she said.
After the details of the case surfaced, it created a storm on social media where people started demanding that the third victim, who is critical at the Kanpur hospital, be shifted to Delhi’s AIIMS. Some pointed out that proper medical treatment is crucial for the survival of the third girl, who is the sole witness to the incident.
To ensure justice in Unnao case people on social media demanded
1. Post mortem of 2 deceased should be conducted at AIIMS, Delhi with a panel of Doctors including from SC/ST community.
2. Post mortem should be videographed to avoid any discrepancies
3. Survivor should immediately be shifted to AIIMS.
Also, Opposition leaders also hit out at the Yogi-led state government over the appalling incident. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi took to social media and said that they are standing as the voice of the victims’ family.