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Jan 07, 2013 at 12:50pm IST

Mayawati calls for President rule in UP following rape, murder of woman in Noida

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has called for President rule in the state following the alleged rape and murder of a woman professional in Noida. "Crime is on the rise in UP. Murder, communal riots, rapes. The latest case being a Dalit girl's rape and murder. It's unfortunate that the Samajwadi Party government instead of arresting the accused, is trying to shield them. So I think it's time to ask for President's rule in Uttar Pradesh," Mayawati said.

Earlier on Sunday, the Noida police arrested two suspects in connection with the Noida alleged rape-murder case. One suspect is said to be absconding, however. Meanwhile, earlier, the police suspended five constables for dereliction of duty after the girl's family complained that they refused to register a missing complaint when they approached them. The victim was cremated on Sunday.

Her body was found in Noida, Sector 63, in a semi-nude state on Saturday morning. According to the police, the girl appeared to have been strangulated.

Shocked over the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakh and a job to the victim's family. Her family claimed that the police filed FIR in the case only after they had protested.

The girl's father also alleged that the police moved the body of the girl without conducting the post-mortem. "The body was lifted without conducting the post-mortem. Her brother identified her, even then the police didn't conduct the post-mortem," he said.

The police said that the preliminary report showed injury marks around her neck and asphyxiation as the cause of the death of the girl. The vagina and viscera samples of the victim have also been sent for supplementary forensic tests by the police. The case has been filed by the Noida police under sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 201 (destruction of evidence).

The deceased, a 23-year-old BPO employee had reportedly gone missing on Friday night. The family also claimed that she was sexually assaulted.

(With additional information from PTI)