Unnao, Uttar Pradesh: In an extremely disturbing incident in Uttar Pradesh, an 18-year-old girl was burnt to death last evening. Her charred body was found outside her village in Unnao district, about 100 kms from state capital Lucknow. Moments after she had left home on her bicycle for the weekly market in the area, she was attacked by unidentified persons who used kerosene oil to set her on fire, police said.
- The girl was on bicycle when she was attacked by unknown persons: Police
- Her slippers, bicycle, an empty can and bunch of matchsticks were found
- Police have no information about the attackers so far
She tried to run towards the village, but collapsed after about 100 metres.
"We heard cries and rushed to the spot. However, by the time we got here, she had died. She didn't have enemity with anyone in the village," said Bhauri Ram, a chowkidar or watchman.
Her body, with 100 per cent burn injuries, was recovered by the side of a field outside her village. Her cycle was lying next to her. It appears that the girl was burnt alive, the Uttar Pradesh police said. An empty can and a bundle of matchsticks were also found on the spot.
"She had left home to buy vegetables around 4.30 pm. Soon after, her burnt body was recovered in the village. The news of her death spread in the village and her family rushed to the spot. They identified her cycle and slippers," said a senior police officer.
More than one person are involved, a senior officer said.
Sujit Pandey, Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, said, "It appears to be a murder. We have recovered the body, her dupatta, slippers and a bicycle. Investigations are on."
According to National Crime Records Bureau data, Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5 per cent of total crimes reported in the country in 2016. UP reported 14.5 per cent (49,262 out of 3,38,954 cases) of total cases of crimes against women.