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All 5 main accused in gang-rape of Dalit sisters in UP arrested

Badaun(UP), May 31 (PTI): Police have finally rounded up all the main accused named in last Tuesday’s gang-rape of two Dalit sisters here, with constable Chhatrapal Yadav arrested late on Friday night and Urvesh Yadav early on Saturday.

Superintendent of Police A.K. Saxena said the five accused named in the FIR were police constables Sarvesh Yadav and Chhatrapal, and brothers Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav.

The FIR was registered against seven persons including two unnamed men, after a storm of public outrage.

Saxena said Ram Vilas Yadav, the officer in charge of Katra Sadatganj police outpost, was been suspended, and the services of constables Sarvesh and Chhatrapal were terminated on Friday.

While the two constables have been booked under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, the three brothers have been booked under Section 302 (murder) and 376 (rape).

The two girls, cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area on May 28.

The post-mortem report of the two girls confirmed that they had been raped before being killed.

The Opposition has raised a storm, with the Bahujan Samaj Party demanding that the Central Bureau of Investigation take over the case.

The family of the two victims also want the CBI probe, saying they had no faith in local police which was ”hand in gloves” with the accused.

On Friday, the father of one of the girls had said the role of police was “suspicious”.

“The role of police in the entire incident is suspicious. Had the cops acted timely and did not showed laxity, lives of the girls would have been saved. They were hand in gloves with the accused,” father of one of the victim had told PTI here.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the family members of the victims while directing officials to provide security to them.