LIVE UPDATES: Dalit girl kidnapped, gang-raped in Gorakhpur, body burnt with cigarette butts; another 13-year-old-old raped, strangled in Lakhimpur Kheri


The Uttar Pradesh government is facing widespread condemnation after two gruesome incidents of gang-rape and murder were reported from Lakhimpur Kheri and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home district Gorakhpur. In the first incident, a 13-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped and strangled to death. Earlier reports said that the victim’s eyes were gouged and tongue slashed before her body was dumped into a sugarcane field. However, Lakhimpur Kheri SP Satendra Kumar later disputed the victim’s father’s version saying that the eye injury was from ‘sharp sugarcane leaves’ and the injury on the tongue was because the girl was strangled.

In the latest incident, a 17-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped in Gorakhpur on Friday. According to the girl’s mother, the victim’s body was burnt with cigarette butts. A report by Hindustan Times said that cops had arrested three individuals, identified as Arjun Nishad and his associate Mahesh Yadav alias Chottu.

LIVE UPDATES on this and other big stories will appear below:

18:19 PM: The loss of around 50 lakh #jobs in July comes after around 39 lakh jobs were gained in June, as per the data. In April, 1.77 crore salaried jobs were lost, followed by 1 lakh job losses of salaried #employees in May. (IANS)

17:36 PM: Journalist Prashant Kanojia has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police from his Delhi residence over a social media post about Ayodhya’s Ram Temple. This is the second time that UP Police has arrested Kanojia.

17:28 PM: Election Commissioner #AshokLavasa, who was next in the line to head the Commission, on Tuesday resigned from his post to take charge as Vice-President of the #Philippines-based #AsianDevelopmentBank next month. (IANS)

16:23 PM: Unnao case: Delhi HC directs jail authorities to give treatment for oral cancer to brother of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. (PTI)

15:42 PM: At least 23 passengers who recently arrived from #India are reportedly stranded at the airports of #AbuDhabi and #Sharjah due to some “confusion” about pre-travel approvals, a media report said on Tuesday. (IANS)

15:36 PM: In the case of the alleged suicide by actor #SushantSinghRajput, his family is now apprehensive about evidence being destroyed & witnesses being threatened. Sushant’s cousin Neeraj Kumar Bablu, said that the evidence in this case was being erased & witnesses could be eliminated. (IANS)

15:06 PM: Legal team of #RheaChakraborty has detailed the entire incident pertaining to previous allegation made by actress that it was Priyanka,sister of late actor #SushantSingh, who had molested her after getting too drunk & the incident had in turn created a rift between the siblings. (IANS)

14:19 PM: Cricketer Rohit Sharma and wrestler Vinesh Phogat among four sportspersons picked for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by awards selection committee. (PTI)

13:31 PM: A sub-inspector was injured in a celebratory firing at a constable’s birthday party in #Bareilly, #UttarPradesh, officials said on Tuesday. The police official has been admitted to a hospital and his condition is said to be stable. (IANS)

12:42 PM: UP Minister of State for Health, Atul Garg, says he has tested positive for COVID-19

12:07 PM: Panchganga river in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur crosses warning level after release of water from dams following rainfall in catchment areas: Official. (PTI)

11:26 AM: SC refuses to direct transfer of contributions made to PM CARES Fund for COVID-19 pandemic to National Disaster Response Fund. (PTI

11:13 AM: Home Minister Amit Shah admitted to AIIMS for post COVID care: AIIMS. (PTI)

10:56 AM: Nineteen minors have been rescued and nine persons arrested by the anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) in #UttarPradesh’s #Gorakhpur. (IANS)

10:23 AM: The Manduadih railway station in #Varanasi will now be known as the #Banaras railway station. The UP govt had sent a request for renaming the railway station in Varanasi district. The state govt spokesman said that Home Ministry had approved the renaming of the railway station. (IANS)

09:54 AM: Single day spike of 55,079 COVID-19 cases, 876 new deaths pushes India’s virus caseload to 27,02,742, death toll to 51,797: Govt. (PTI)

09:31 AM: With just two days left for the Monsoon Session of the #UttarPradesh Assembly to begin, 20 Assembly staff members, including security personnel, have tested positive for #Covid19. (IANS)

0655 AM: Billionaire entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has tested positive for COVID-19. her tweet read, “I have added to the Covid count by testing positive. Mild symptoms n I hope it stays that way.”

0643 AM: Congress MP Digvijaya Singh slams the Modi government for hiking platform ticket price from Rs 3 during the Congress government to Rs 50 now.


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