December 20, 2010 4:27:23 am
Two Dalit girls were allegedly burnt alive by a mob in Kothiwal Nagar area of Moradabad district yesterday evening. The mother of the girls claimed that Geeta (25) and Monu (22) were also raped by the mob,that was protesting over the murder of a woman and her daughter by her sons.
However,Moradabad DIG Ashok Kumar said the postmortem report had ruled out rape. The police also claimed to have found no evidence of a mob attack and believe the girls locked themselves up and set their house on fire as people had been taunting them over the murder charge against their brothers.
Nevertheless,a case of rioting,murder,making forced entry into a house,indulging in violence,and offences under the SC/ST Atrocity Act have been registered against 15 persons and a mob of over 100 people.
The DIG said the policemen found the main door of the house bolted from inside,and broke in to find the charred bodies of Geeta and Monu in a room. They found their mother Rajo in another room,locked from outside,the DIG said.
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Rajo claimed the local residents had been harassing her since her sons,Rakesh and Rajesh,were named in the Gagneja murders on December 10. People would hurl abuses,threaten them and misbehave with her daughters,she said,adding that her requests for security were ignored. DIG Kumar denied this.
While Rajesh does odd jobs and has been arrested,Rakesh works as a sweeper and is still at large. Neither brother has a criminal record.
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