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Unnao killings: Infuriated by rejection lover poisons dalit girls to avenge insult

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Unnao: The Uttar Pradesh police is claimed to have solved the mystery killing of two minor dalit girls of Unnao district whose bodies were found in a field after going missing for hours. A third girl, the oldest of the three, is  fighting for life in a Kanpur hospital.

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The prime accused, Vinay Kumar, 21, who was  earlier rejected by one of three girls, wanted to rape her to avenge the insult. In order to execute his plan he offered her water laced with a pesticide, hoping that she would fall unconscious. But the other two also drank from the same bottle. As all three of them fell unconscious, Vinay Kumar panicked and fled with his accomplice, Lucknow Range inspector general Laxmi Singh told reporters in state capital Lucknow.

Accused Vinay’s family owns a field next to the one owned by one of the girl’s fathers. During the lockdown, Vinay used to regularly visit the field, so did the girls, to collect fodder. He came closer to one of them and started meet her frequently. Where Vinay wanted to develop physical intimacy with the girl, she was discouraging his advancements, said the police.

“Vinay told the police he had asked for her phone number, proposed to her but she always refused. He was angry with her and sought revenge for his insult,” said Singh.

“On the fateful, day he reached the fields with his friend. He offered the girls some chips. Then the girl he eyed asked for water. He gave her water that was laced with pesticides. Soon, the two other girls also drank from the bottle, he told the police,” said Singh.

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As all the girls fell unconscious, Vinay and his friend panicked. They dragged them to their field and ran away.

The villagers also confirmed Vinay’s presence in his field at the time the girls were there. The Special Operation Group team picked the accused and his three allies from Pathakpur village. The brothers of the girls were also detained for questioning. One of the brothers remained a key suspect as he was found unable to account for his four-hour-long absence from the village. Both the brothers were released on Thursday night and Friday noon respectively.

Meanwhile, Vinay broke down when his location was also found at the field during the time of the crime. As per some eyewitness account of people who had seen them fleeing the field in a state of panic.

As per police report, main accused Vinay is 21 years old, whereas the minor is 15, according to the police. Both accused have been arrested on charges under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police has also slapped Section 201 against the accused for disappearance of evidence on a complaint of a victim’s father.

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