Shahjahanpur was rocked by two sensational incidents, the first in which a BA second year student was found naked in a half-burnt condition near the highway on Nagaria crossing and the other in which the body of a 5-year-old girl was recovered from a mustard field in the district while her cousin was found in a critical condition after they both went missing on Monday.
According to reports, a girl in her early twenties was found without any clothes in half-burnt condition late Monday evening.
She is a student of Swami Shukdevanand College.
The local residents who saw her called the police.
Shahjahanpur's Superintendent of Police S Anand said the girl was admitted to a medical facility from where she was being referred to Lucknow for advanced treatment.
"She was able to give us the phone number of her father and we informed him. The family claimed that they waited for some time and then started searching for her," he said.
The SP said that the girl was unable to say what exactly happened to her.
"We are waiting for her statement to start further investigation," he said.
The girl's father said that his daughter was going to college every fortnight in view of the Covid guidelines and he would drop and pick her up.
"I do not know how and why this happened. She never said anything to us," he said.
The police were quizzing her classmates and friends to find out more about the incident.
In the second incident, a five-year-old girl was found dead while her seven-year-old cousin was struggling for her life.
Police Superintendent S Anand said the two were found in a field with serious injuries.
"The younger girl was pronounced dead at a hospital while the other is admitted to the intensive care unit. Her condition is stable," he said.
The girls went missing on their way home after attending their classes at a madrasa in Khidirpur locality on Sunday.
A search party was formed by the local police station to look for the girls. Additional force from other police stations was also deployed to avert any untoward situation.
"The younger girl was found around 8 pm in a field beside a road around a kilometre from her home. The elder girl was found three hours later at some distance from her," Anand said.
The younger girl had blood oozing out of her mouth. Her head and neck were also injured. Police are awaiting her post-mortem report.
"The elder girl also has injuries on her neck. It appears that someone tried to strangulate her to death also," Anand said.
Police have registered a case and started investigation.
Over half a dozen suspects have been detained.
The injured girl was immediately rushed to hospital by local police from where she was referred to the medical college in Bareilly.
The district magistrate, district police chief and inspector general of police visited the district hospital, where they have given instructions to form a team to arrest the culprits.