Days after issuing notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the alleged gang rape and murder of two Dalit sisters in Lakhimpur Kheri, a team of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Monday visited the spot to launch an independent probe into the incident. .
last week, The bodies of two girls aged 17 and 15 were found hanging From a tree in Nighasan police station area of Lakhimpur Kheri district, after which Local police arrested six people for rape and murder One of the girls – Chhotu Gautam – is a local from the victims’ Tamoli Purwa village, and five others – Suhail, Hafizul Rehman, Junaid, Karimuddin and Arif – are from neighboring Lalpur village.
On Monday, commission member Anju Bala along with other officials visited the spot and the village where the victim lived. Ms. Bala met the girls’ families and interacted with local people before being briefed by the police and administration about the investigation of the case.
The NCSC issued notices to the local administration, police and the state government, announcing that it would conduct an independent inquiry into the incident. According to commission chairman Vijay Sampla, it had also sought action taken report from the police “immediately”.