Tension gripped a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district on Thursday after police failed to arrest anyone more than 24 hours after the brutal gang rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl, allegedly, by a group of men from the area.
Authorities deployed several teams after villagers assaulted two inspectors and constables when they reached Guru Sikran village – that comes under Harduaganj police station – and didn’t let officials take custody of the body, damaging a vehicle during the protests on Wednesday.
Police have lodged a complaint against four men and believe the perpetrators lived nearby but have been unable to arrest anyone over 24 hours after the murder.
“The post mortem examination report will confirm whether or not the girl was raped,” superintendent of police Sansar Singh told HT.
Police say four motorcycle-riding men forced the girl – a class 11 student who was on her way to a tuition class – off the road into a nearby sugarcane field between Guru Sikran and Dasna villages on Wednesday, where they first gang-raped her and then strangled her with her own clothes.
The incident came to light because another student from the same tuition saw the rape and informed villagers, who rushed to the site but couldn’t save the girl, sources said.
The body was sent for postmortem examination only after Aligarh senior superintendent of police, J Ravinder Gaur, reached the place and pacified the crowd. Gaur has announced a reward of R 25,000 to anyone providing clues about the culprits and has constituted four teams to crack the case.