Two Dalit sisters burnt alive by mob

Two sisters belonging to the Dalit community were allegedly burnt alive in Kothiwal Nagar.

Moradabad: Two sisters belonging to the
Dalit community were allegedly burnt alive in Kothiwal Nagar
here by a mob protesting a double murder for which their
brother was accused, police said today.

"An FIR has been registered in which the victim girls`
mother has identified 12 people who were part of the mob," SP
(City) Rahul Yadavendra said to a news agency.

According to the victims` mother Rajo, a mob gathered
outside their house yesterday and set it ablaze. While she
escaped unhurt, her daughters Gita (22) and Monu (20) were
burnt alive in the ensuing fire.

The victims` brother Rakesh, who worked as a sweeper
here, has been accused in the case of the murder of a woman
and her 10-year-old daughter for robbery on December 9.

While Rakesh is absconding, his brother Rajesh was
arrested by police.

Rajo has alleged that a mob had also gathered outside
her house and threatened to set it ablaze about two days after
the double murder.

She claimed she had requested police to provide
security at her house or to place her and her two daughters at
a secure location as there was a threat to their life, but the
police did not help.

DIG Ashok Kumar had earlier denied the involvement of
a mob in the incident and had said that prima facie, it was a
case of accident or suicide.

Rajo also alleged that the police had initially
refused to register her complaint in this connection, while
the DIG had said that police was not approached.

Dalit activists on Sunday staged protest demonstrations
and took out a march from Ambedkar Park here to the place
where the bodies have been kept for post mortem.

They are demanding that the accused be arrested
immediately.

PTI

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