In a shocking incident, bodies of two minor Dalit girls, aged 13 and 16, were found in an agricultural field in Unnao while another 17-year-old girl was rescued in a serious condition.
According to reports the 16-year-old was the sibling of the rescued girl, while the other deceased was their cousin.
The brother of the girls said they were found with their limbs tied up.
“They had gone to the farm to collect grass. Today, they got late returning, so we went to look for them. We found them tied up, with clothes like their chunni,” he told reporters, as quoted by Indian Express.
Police, however, say they have found no signs of struggle at the site or injuries on the dead and suspect it to be a case of poisoning.
According to police, the girls had left their house at around 3 pm on Wednesday and were found dead by family members in the evening.
Laxmi Singh, the IG of Lucknow Range said they are yet to confirm if the girls were tied up as the bodies were removed before the police reached the spot.
“Under the Asoha Police Station limits, three girls were found unconscious in their own farm. They were sent to hospital. Prima facie, it has come to light that they had gone to get fodder and when the family members went looking for them, they found them lying in the field. There was some white substance coming out of their mouth and doctors have said that there were symptoms of poisoning. We are recording statements of all the people concerned and an in-depth probe is being conducted. Necessary action is being taken,” Unnao SP Sureshrao A Kulkarni told Indian Express.
SN Sabat, ADG (Lucknow Zone) said probe is underway into the case.