Prayagraj : A 23-year old Dalit man is accused in the murder case of a Dalit family in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj. The accused has been arrested by the police. The local police claims that the accused carried out the murders with his unidentified abettors. The police also claimed that the girl who was found dead in the room, was not minor and hence the Sections of the POCSO Act are being removed from the case.
Police said that the accused, arrested, lives in a brick kiln behind the victims' house. He was harassing the young woman.
A senior police official in Prayagraj Prem Prakash, tweeted all the details of the fresh arrest. He said, name of the 23-year-old was Pawan Saroj, and that he had sent a "I hate you" message to the woman hours before her death.
The birth year of the young lady was 1996, and was a promising student, he wrote in another tweet. "She was preparing for various exams after graduating degree from a local university," the tweet read.
The bodies of the family of four were found at their home on Thursday morning. The Police said they were attacked with a sharp weapon. The girl's body was found in a room inside the house, the other three bodies were found in the courtyard.
The relatives of the family suspected that the murders were committed by a neighbouring family, involved in a property-related dispute with the victims. The alleged assailants family belonged to the so-called upper castes.
After they lodged a complaint, 8 people from the upper caste family were arrested. The police said they are yet to find any evidence implicating this family. Investigations against them are still on.
A relative of the victims had alleged that the police were trying to force a compromise between the two families in the land dispute case.
"The police were forcing the murder victims to compromise. Sushil Kumar (a police constable) used to come to us and pressure us to compromise. The police used to sit at their (accused) homes. The local inspector also told us to compromise," the family member had told the media.