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UP Shocker: Two-year-old girl among 5 of family murdered in Prayagraj district

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 April 2022, 16:06 IST
UP, Prayagraj district

In a horrifying incident reported from Uttar Pradesh, Five members of a family, including a two-year-old child, were found murdered this morning at their home in Prayagraj district.

The victims of the frightening incident in Khawajpur area include Ram Kumar Yadav, aged 55, his wife Kusum Devi, aged 52, daughter Manisha, aged 25, daughter-in-law Savita, aged 27 and granddaughter Minakshi, aged 2.

Another granddaughter, identified as Sakshi (5) has survived, police said. Yadav's son Sunil, aged 30, who was not at home at the time of the incident, is assisting in the investigation, officials added.

Accordding to senior police officer Ajay Kumar, injury marks on the bodies suggest that all five were hit on the head. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and seven teams have been formed to look into the gruesome crime, the officer added.

Dog squads and forensic team have also arrived the crime spot to collect evidence that can lead to the killers, police said.

District magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri, who arrived to the spot after the crime, said local residents had raised an alarm after they noticed a fire in Yadav's residence.

"Police were initially informed that a fire had broken out. As police and fire-fighting teams reached, bodies of Yadav and the others were found in the house. The bodies of the little girl and her mother were near the room where the fire had broken out. Yadav and his wife, who was still breathing, were on a charpoy. Then their daughter's body was found," he told the media. "No angle of enmity has come to the fore so far," the district magistrate said.

Police and administrative officials came up against the ire of locals who demanded swift action in the case. Visuals showed the officials hearing them out and assuring them amid cries of relatives and neighbours mourning the deaths.

The incident comes just one week after another horrifying incident in the district. On April 16, at Khagalpur village, a 38-year-old woman, identified as Priti Tiwari and her three daughters, Mahi (12), Pihu (8) and Kuhu (3), were found dead with their throats slit. The woman's husband Rahul was found hanging dead.

A suicide note recovered at the crime spot, seemingly written by Rahul, accused his in-laws of mental harassment and driving him to take the extreme measure.

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First published: 23 April 2022, 16:06 IST