Four sisters and their relatives allegedly battered to death a neighbour in an Uttar Pradesh village, with the accused saying the man raped one of the girls.
Police said Shahabuddin entered the family’s home in a drunken state on Saturday night after which the inhabitants bludgeoned him with bricks and threw the body out on the street.
“The body has been sent for post-mortem examination and we are waiting for the report to press charges,” said SP (city) Samir Saurav.
However, the deceased’s brother filed a complaint with police, saying the girls beat Shahabuddin to death while he was returning to his home from a local shop.
Authorities detained the eldest sister and called the family to the police station for investigation. Later, one of the sisters lodged a rape complaint against Shahabuddin.
According to the complaint filed by the girl, Shahabuddin entered their house on Saturday night when everyone was sleeping and allegedly raped her. She managed to raise an alarm after which her family members thrashed Shahabuddin, which led to his death.
The girl underwent a medical examination and police are waiting for the report. “Both parties have filed complaints against each other, and we have set up a team to investigate the case,” said Saurav.
According to sources, the girls knew Shahabuddin who was a frequent visitor at their home. “The motive of the murder is still not clear,” the SP said.