In a chilling reminder of the horrific Badaun incident, body of a 45-year-old woman, belonging to a backward caste, was found hanging from a tree here today after she was allegedly abducted and gang-raped.
The semi-nude body of the victim was found hanging with a saree from a tree in Ranipur area, Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh said.
Three persons had been arrested in connection with the incident as the Uttar Pradesh government promised quick action in the matter.
The woman, belonging to a backward caste, went missing last night, the ASP said.
A resident of Loniyanpur village in Ranipur, the woman was allegedly abducted from Bahraich, gang-raped and later hanged, he said.
The victim was heading to Lucknow for treatment when her son informed her on mobile that she had become a grandmother and asked her to return immediately, the ASP said.
On reaching Bahraich, the woman called up her son to pick her up and when he reached there, he found his mother missing, the officer said.
Her mobile, which was found switched off, and footwear were found near the tree from where she was found hanging, he said.
In a complaint to police, the family named five persons who they alleged had committed the crime, the ASP said.
An FIR had been registered against Vijay, Raju, Onkar, Ramswarup and Naeem under section IPC 302 (murder), section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and section 376 (rape), Singh said.
"Rape cannot be ruled out. We are waiting for the post-mortem report," he said.
SP Happy Guptan said three of the five named in the FIR had been arrested and two teams had been constituted to nab the remaining accused.
Promising quick action, UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan told reporters in Delhi: "Our officials are active and they have reached the spot. We will take action very soon. We assure you action will be taken."
Locals alleged the woman had enmity with some persons involved in the liquor trade.
She had made a complaint against them earlier also, they said.
Nearly two weeks ago, in Badaun district, two tenenage cousins, aged 14 and 15, were found hanging from a tree after they were allegedly gang-raped and murdered, sparking country-wide outrage.