TWO YOUNG sisters were found with their throats slit at their house at Ratauli Khatola village in Banthara on Lucknow’s outskirts early Tuesday. The motive behind the killings is yet to be known.
While no arrests have been made in the case, the girls’ family has claimed that three to four unidentified persons had entered the house and killed the girls around 2 am.
Krishna Nagar Circle Officer Rajesh Yadav said there was no sign of a robbery. The family, claiming to suspect no one for the murders, have lodged a complaint against unidentified persons.
The deceased have been identified as Rekha (20) and Savita (18). While Rekha, a student of BA, had got married about nine months ago, she had been staying with her parents for the last six months. Savita had studied up to Class VIII and had stopped going to school about three years ago, relatives said. Following the killings, police have detained Rekha’s husband Chhotelal for questioning.
The father of the girls, Ram Khilawan, said while he was sleeping under a tin-shade outside his two-storey house, his wife Usha was sleeping on the first floor along with the two victims. Khilawan’s son Santosh and his wife were sleeping on the ground floor. Their room was found bolted from outside, he claimed.
“The main gate of the house was bolted from inside, but it seems that the killers scaled the wall from the rear side and entered the house,” said Khilawan.
He claimed he woke up when he heard the girls scream. “Soon, I saw my wife jumping from the first floor. She said three or four persons had entered the room and attacked the girls with knives. She rushed to a neighbour, who then informed the police. By the time the villagers came over, the assailants had fled,” said Khilawan.
Santosh, whose both legs have been affected by polio, said: “There was some tension between Rekha and her husband Chhotelal, so she had started to stay here. Her husband used to come to visit her… they had a quarrel about 12 days ago… I am not aware of the reason.”
Khilawan said after the incident, police took him to Chhotelal’s house in Mohanlalkheda village — about 6 km away — from where he was picked up for questioning.
Banthara Station Officer Sanjay Sharma said: “We are awaiting the postmortem report. But prima facie, both girls seem to have died after their throats were slit. Two knives have been recovered from the spot.”
A relative, Sukhlal, said while one girl was found lying on the sofa, the other was on the floor.