According to the police, the accused boys took the four-year-old to a secluded area where they sexually assaulted her and left her bleeding. The girl was later taken to a nearby hospital where she underwent tests that confirmed sexual assault, they added.
The family was unaware of the fire and three policemen in PRV chased the bike for around four kilometres on the expressway before they overtook it and put out the flames using a fire extinguisher in the van. A video of the incident was widely shared on social media.
Police said that the deceased, Ankit, had come to his relative’s place in the village and was at the Sikri Mata fare at around 9 pm Friday when three bike-borne assailants fired at him indiscriminately.
While the statue in Azamgarh was found with its right-hand fingers broken, the one in Jaunpur was lying on the ground with one of its legs broken. Locals at both places staged protests and demanded the arrest of the culprits.
“As per the complaint lodged by the deceased’s brother-in-law, she had gone to a grocery store around 6 pm and was returning home when the accused allegedly caught hold of her and took her to a nearby secluded place and tried to molest her," said Tara Singh Patel, station house officer.