5 December 2022

Bareilly : The counsel for three of the six accused in the case of rape and murder of two minor Dalit sisters in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on September 14 has filed an application in the court praying that his clients are minors. He also claimed before the court that police, despite knowing their age, have deliberately mentioned them as ” major ” in the charge sheet.

Senior advocate Suresh Singh Munna has taken up this case and filed the application on Friday. The court is yet to decide whether the application should be forwarded to the Juvenile Justice Board ( JJB ). Police arrested the six accused, including the girls ‘ neighbor on September 15. Police filed a charge sheet against all the accused within 15 days of the offense.

Rape - the murder of Dalit
Rape – the murder of Dalit

Lakhimpur Kheri’s senior prosecuting officer ( SPO ) SP Yadav ” The counsel for three accused has moved applications on behalf of their parents claiming that their children are minors. Under section 94 of the Juvenile Justice Act, for presumption and determination of age, the decision to determine whether an accused is a minor or not is taken by the Juvenile Justice Board ( JJB ) . The court will go through the documents provided by them, and after a preliminary inquiry, it will take a decision on whether to forward this case to JJB or not. “

The father of one of the accused said. ” Police arrested my son in Shahjahanpur and later shot him in his leg claiming that he opened fire at the police team. He is just 14 years old and was not in Lakhimpur when the incident happened. He was admitted to Government Boys Senior Secondary School in the Alipur area of Delhi in 2019 along with his elder brother. The court can verify his mark sheet as police have deliberately refused to include the documents. “

The mother of another accused said, ” My son was born in 2008. I lost my husband in 2017 and I could not send my son to studies, as we are poor. Now, he is lodged in jail with dreaded criminals. I fear that he will be harmed. “

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