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Stuffed in bags with salt, bodies of two minor girls found floating in Sharada canal

Bodies of two minor girls, aged between 10 and 7 years, were found flouting in two separate bags in Sharada canal along Sitapur-Lakhimpur border.

lucknow Updated: Jan 15, 2018 13:48 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Sitapur
Murder,Minor girls,Crime
The bodies, dumped into the canal water after they were murdered, were recovered from different spots in Sitapur’s Hargaon area.(Representative image)

Bodies of two minor girls, aged between 10 and 7 years, were found flouting in two separate bags in Sharada canal along Sitapur-Lakhimpur border on Sunday morning.

The bodies, dumped into the canal water after they were murdered, were recovered from different spots in Sitapur’s Hargaon area.

Police suspect the girls were sisters and strangulated apparently by people familiar to them. The plastic tapes were also put around lips and eyes of girls.

The bodies were stuffed in two plastic sacks with salt put inside to melt the corpse. The sacks were later stuffed into two bags with some bricks placed in it to increase the weight so that it may not come up floating.

Superintendent of police (SP) of Sitapur, Anand Kulkarni said two bodies in full winter clothing were found floating in sub-canal of Sharada.

He said the girls’ bodies had strangulation marks around their necks, clearly suggesting that they are murdered but post-mortem examinations are still to be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

He said the identities of the two girls could not be established so far and neighbouring police stations from Sitapur and Lakhimpur districts have been alerted about it.

Station Officer (SO) of Hargaon police station, Ashwani Pandey said the first body was found floating in water below Kabir bridge near Raksha village. He said the information of recovery of second body came while the police personnel were busy examining the first body.

He said the second body was found in the same condition floating in the same canal below Umariya bridge near Kutikala village, nearly three kilometres from the first spot.

Pandey said the spot examination suggested that a four-wheeler was used to carry along the bodies after murdering the girls somewhere else and threw it from over the bridges while moving on road along the canal. He said the bodies’ condition also suggest that the girls were murdered within 24 hours and the bodies were dumped on intervening night of Saturday/ Sunday.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 13:48 IST