- On Thursday, police had registered a case of murder even as a post-mortem revealed no injury marks
- The cause of death could not be ascertained and viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis
- The three girls, aged 16, 15 and 14, were found in a field by the villagers when they did not return after leaving their house to take fodder for cattle.
Even two days after they were found dead in filed in Unnano, Uttar Pradesh, the police are yet to make any significant progress in the suspicious death of two minor Dalit girls.
On Thursday, police had registered a case of murder even as a post-mortem revealed no injury marks.
Police ruled out the suggestion that the victims’ hands were tied, citing the absence of any injury marks.
Cases lodged under two sections of IPC
Apart from Section 302 (murder), the FIR also lists Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code, related to causing the disappearance of evidence. The case mentioning the two sections was lodged on the basis of the family’s complaint.
“The cause of death could not be ascertained and viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis,” he said. “We are taking the help of forensic experts and looking into all possibilities.”
A medical bulletin by the Kanpur hospital treating the third girl has noted that it was a suspected case of poisoning, the officer said.
Earlier, Unnao SP Kulkarni said there was a contradiction in the statements of girls’ family members. He added that the brother had said the girls were tied with a stole, while her mother said on Thursday that it was around her neck.
“Our investigation has found that bodies had no marks on them either in the hands or legs, suggesting that they were not tied,” the SP said.
Kulkarni said the family members who were the first ones to reach the spot were being questioned, adding that the post-mortem was conducted by a panel of three doctors and videographed.
On speculation about it being a case of honor killing, the officer said all aspects would be probed.
The funerals of the two girls were conducted on Friday morning.
The three girls, aged 16, 15, and 14, were found in a field by the villagers when they did not return after leaving their house to take fodder for cattle.
The third girl who was found alive is still battling for her life in a hospital.
On Thursday, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut requested the Uttar Pradesh government to airlift the girl to Mumbai for treatment.
Condemning the Unnao incident, the minister alleged that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has failed in providing protection to women in Uttar Pradesh.
“I am disturbed with the incident in Unnao. It seems like there is nothing left in Uttar Pradesh, except “Jungle Raj”. On one side, BJP is raising ‘Beti Bachao’ slogans while on the other side cases of atrocities against women are increasing in the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. Two daughters have died while one is undergoing treatment,” Raut said.
He said that that the Maharashtra government will bear the treatment expenses of the girl.