Lakhimpur (UP), Sep. 4: A three-year-old girl found dead in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday morning was raped and strangled. The child’s father alleges that Lekhram, a man from her village, kidnapped and killed his daughter because of an old rivalry. Lekhram, has been arrested based on her father’s complaint.
The girl had been missing since Wednesday. Her body was found just half a km from her home with injuries.
Yesterday, the police had called it murder. Sexual assault was confirmed by the autopsy, said the police. The accused man was caught in an encounter, according to the police, which had formed four teams to look for him.
Lakhimpur Kheri district has been in the news after a 17-year-old girl, who had left home to fill a scholarship application, was found dead outside her village. She was allegedly raped and murdered. Her mutilated body was found near a dry pond around 200 metres from her village.