Kannauj/Lucknow: Days after the Lakhimpur incident, a Dalit girl was stabbed in the eyes allegedly by two youths when she resisted a rape attempt and another teenager from the community sexually assaulted at gunpoint.

The incident in the state has prompted the opposition to intensify its attack on the Mayawati government.

Kuldeep (18) and Niranjan Yadav (17) attempted to rape the 14-year-old girl when she had gone out in connection with some work in Gadwa Buzurg village in Gursahaiganj area in Kannauj last evening, officials said, adding Niranjan has been arrested.

"When the girl raised an alarm, the duo attacked her with knives, piercing her left eye and injuring the other,"

Rajendra Singh, Superintendent of Police said, adding the girl has been referred to Kanpur for further treatment.

In the second incident, an 18-year-old dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Ranipur Beladi village in Basti.

Satti Singh allegedly raped the girl at gun point on Saturday night, police said, adding a manhunt has been launched for the accused.

The Congress slammed the Mayawati government over the law and order situation in the state saying it had lost its moral right to continue after such incidents.

"Mayawati should be ashamed. People expected more from a woman chief minister but she doesn't have a word of sympathy. She tries to shelter the police. The criminals and the police are all hand in glove," state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said.

But an unfazed Mayawati government said there is no breakdown of law and order in the state and stern and prompt action was being taken against the culprits. The Chief Minister accused the opposition and the media of trying to mislead the people by raking up "old cases".

"The opposition parties want to corner me and my party. But I want tell that I am not going to accept defeat due to opposition's tricks. Because, unlike other leaders I have not come to politics through dynasty. I have worked on the ground and suffered. I know how to fight in tough times," the BSP supremo said.

Secretary Information Prashant Trivedi alleged that Samajwadi Party workers were involved in the brutal stabbing of the teenage girl in Kannauj and that two police personnel have been suspended on charges of showing laxity.

The victim's family alleged that the police were not ready to record the girl's statement.

The girl's suffered around 80 per cent damage in the left eye and might not regain normal vision again as the cornea has been affected, a doctor at a local hospital said after examining the girl.

Two police personnel - sub-inspector Shiv Shanker Singh and constable Fakhruddin - have been placed under suspension on charges of laxity.

"The two policemen neither informed the senior officers nor carried out standard procedure as they failed to realise the seriousness of the issue," SP Rajendra Singh said.

Sub-divisional Magistrate Manoj Singhal said financial assistance would be given to the girl from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Terming the Kannuaj incident as "shocking and barbaric", the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights on Sunday said it had taken suo motu cognisance of the case and will write to the state authorities seeking a report on the matter.

BJP leader Uma Bharti accused the BSP government of patronining criminal elements and asked the Chief Minister to seek apology for the Lakhimpur incident.

After the emergence of Mayawati in UP, the dalits and the women had hoped for a better future. "However, the way in which these particular sections have fallen prey to repression clearly indicated the BSP is losing its foothold everywhere," she said.

Bharti deplored the "poor" law and order situation in UP.

The BSP government has come under intense criticism over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered and her body found hanging inside Nighasan police station premises on June 10. 11 police personnel were suspended after the incident.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes had on Friday accused the policemen of raping and killing the teenager. The Uttar Pradesh government has also filed a status report before the Allahabad High Court on the CB-CID probe into the incident.

(Agencies)