Updated: August 28, 2016 4:07:33 am
Bodies of three teenage cousins, who had been missing since Friday, were recovered from the Bhakhra river in Meergang police station area of Bareilly on Saturday.
While police claimed that the girls appeared to have drowned, their family alleged that the teenagers had been murdered over a property dispute.
The girls — identified as Sharda (14), Preeti (13) and Pinky (14) of Sajna village — had gone outside their house to relieve themselves Friday afternoon, but had not returned even by late evening.
The father of one of the girls registered a complaint Friday night with the local police station, with the family suspecting that the girls had been killed by relatives over a property dispute.
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Talking to The Sunday Express, SSP Bareilly, R K Bharadwaj said, “On Saturday morning, the body of the youngest girl (Preeti) was spotted on the bank of the Bhakhra near Balehi village, which is about two kilometres from her house. We conducted a search of the river, and divers fished out the bodies of the two other girls Saturday evening.”
“While the postmortem report of the first girl stated drowning to be the cause of death, the autopsies of the other two girls are yet to be done,” he added.
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