Two sisters belonging to the Dalit community were allegedly burnt alive in Kothiwal Nagar here by a mob protesting a double murder for which their brother was accused, police said on Sunday.
"An FIR has been registered in which the victim girls' mother has identified 12 people who were part of the mob," SP (City) Rahul Yadavendra told PTI. According to the victims' mother Rajo, a mob gathered outside their house yesterday and set it ablaze.
While she escaped unhurt, her daughters Gita (22) and Monu (20) were burnt alive in the ensuing fire. The victims' brother Rakesh, who worked as a sweeper here, has been accused in the case of the murder of a woman and her 10-year-old daughter for robbery on December 9.
While Rakesh is absconding, his brother Rajesh was arrested by police. Rajo has alleged that a mob had also gathered outside her house and threatened to set it ablaze about two days after the double murder.
She claimed she had requested police to provide security at her house or to place her and her two daughters at a secure location as there was a threat to their life, but the police did not help. DIG Ashok Kumar had earlier denied the involvement of a mob in the incident and had said that prima facie, it was a case of accident or suicide. Rajo also alleged that the police had initially refused to register her complaint in this connection, while the DIG had said that police was not approached.
Dalit activists today staged protest demonstrations and took out a march from Ambedkar Park here to the place where the bodies have been kept for post mortem. They are demanding that the accused be arrested immediately.