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UP Dalit sisters' rape-murder: Police mull slapping of stringent NSA against six accused

UP Dalit sisters rape-murder: Police mull slapping of stringent NSA against six accused

(L-R) Two minor sisters found hanging from tree in UP's Lakhimpur, SP Lakhimpur Kheri Sanjeev Suman addresses a press conference (Photo | PTI)

Lakhimpur Kheri: The Uttar Pradesh Police is mulling over slapping the stringent National Security Act against the six people arrested for the rape and murder of two Dalit sisters in the state's Lakhimpur Kheri.

The sisters, aged 15 and 17, were found hanging from a tree in a sugarcane field on Wednesday evening.

The National Security Act (NSA) allows the detention of people for up to one year without any charge.

"We are mulling imposing the NSA on the six accused persons. Apart from this, DNA samples of the six accused persons and the two girls will also be sent for an examination," Superintendent of Police Sanjiv Suman told PTI on Friday.

Suman said none of the accused is minor, dismissing reports of the family of some of them making the claiming.

District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh on Friday told reporters that the monetary relief of ₹ 8.25 lakh each has been released in favor of the girls' family.

The remaining compensation amount will be released soon, he said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Thursday evening directed that ₹ 25 lakh financial assistance, a pucca house and agricultural land be given to the family of the dead.

The six men were arrested on Thursday.

Police sources said the post-mortem report revealed that the girls were raped and then strangled. The bodies were found hanging about a kilometer away from their home on Wednesday.

Police had said according to the preliminary probe, the girls had left their home on Wednesday afternoon with two of the accused, Junaid and Sohail.

The girl's mother had earlier alleged that they were abducted.

The tragic incident has stirred politics in the state, which is readying for a five-day monsoon session of the legislative assembly from Monday.

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