Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh earlier in the day condemned the gang-rape incident and hit out at the officials involved in the heinous crime. (JPN/Agencies)
“Disgusting behaviour of UP Police in Budayun Rape Case. Policemen abetting this crime deserve most severe punishment along with the accused,” he said on Twitter.
The two girls, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a tree in the village in Ushait area the next morning.
The incident had triggered protests in the area with villagers alleging police apathy.
The postmortem report of the two girls confirmed they were raped before being murdered.
Five main accused arrested
All the five main accused, including two policemen, have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape and murder of two Dalit sisters in Badaun, the police said on Saturday.
Constable Chhatrapal Yadav was arrested on Friday night and Urvesh Yadav was detained in the wee hours on Saturday, said Superintendent of Police AK Saxena.
All the five accused named in the FIR, including constables Sarvesh Yadav, Chhatrapal and three brothers Pappu Yadav, Awadhesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav have been arrested.
The FIR was registered against seven persons including two unnamed men after outrage over the incident.
Taking note of the incident, Katra Sadatganj police outpost in-charge Ram Vilas Yadav was suspended and two constables Sarvesh and Chhatrapal were terminated from services on Friday, Saxena said.
While the two constables have been booked under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, the three brothers have been booked under Section 302 (murder) and 376 (rape).
The two girls, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area on May 28.
The postmortem report of the two girls confirmed that they were raped before murder.
BSP supremo Mayawati has demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
The family of the two victims had also demanded a CBI probe, saying they had no faith in local police which was ‘hand in gloves’ with the accused.
The father of one of the girls on Friday called for transferring the case to the CBI alleging that the role of police was ‘suspicious’.
"The role of police in the entire incident is suspicious. Had the cops acted timely and did not showed laxity, lives of the girls would have been saved. They were hand in gloves with the accused," father of one of the victim had said.
The Uttar Pradesh government has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs five lakh each to the family members of the victims while directing officials to provide security to them.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh earlier in the day condemned the gang-rape incident and hit out at the officials involved in the heinous crime.