A horrible incident was reported where Two Dalit sisters, 17 and 15, were raped, murdered and then hung from a tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur by five men according to the police. All six involved in the double murder have been arrested and one of them was caught in an encounter this morning, the police said. The accused are Suhail, Junaid, Hafizul Rehman, Karimuddin and Arif. A sixth man, Chhotu, a neighbour of the girls who allegedly introduced them to these men, has also been arrested.

The autopsy has confirmed the girls were raped and strangled. Yesterday, the girls were taken to a sugarcane field and raped by Suhail and Junaid, district police chief Sanjeev Suman told reporters. The others helped the two get rid of the evidence. The police faced protests by angry villagers, who blocked their way when they went to the girls’ home to take the bodies for a post-mortem. In a video, Sanjeev Suman is heard asking the protesters to stop blocking the road.