Indian town on edge after murder of two-year-old

12 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities Tuesday deployed hundreds of police and suspended the internet in a northern town where the brutal murder of a two-year-old girl has flared up inter-religious tensions, reports AFP.

The Hindu girl was killed over an unpaid loan of $144. Her badly mutilated body was discovered on a rubbish dump last Sunday in Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh state. Police say the child was thrashed, strangled and her eyes gouged out.

The Tappal area where she lived has been on edge since the accused men belong to the minority Muslim community. Hindus are the majority in India, which is officially secular.

Right-wing Hindu groups have led the protests in Tappal, urging authorities to mete out “instant justice” to the perpetrators. A prominent leader of the far-right Vishwa Hindu Parishad group was stopped by police from visiting the girl’s family on Monday, and on Sunday members of another radical group gathered to demand the death penalty for the accused.