College girl found lying with severe burns along national highway in UP

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Shahjahanpur (UP), Feb 23 (PTI) A girl student of a college run by a trust of former union minister Swami Chinmayanand was found lying without clothes and severely burnt along a national highway in Shahjahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.

It was not immediately known how the BA second-year student suffered burns and ended up on the roadside, the police said, adding that she was not in a state to record her statement before a magistrate.

According to Superintendent of Police S Anand, the student suffered 60 per cent burns and has been referred to a hospital in Lucknow for better treatment.

The girl had come to attend her classes accompanied by her father on Monday. As she did not come out after the classes, her father started looking for her.

He was later informed that she has been found lying along the Lucknow-Bareilly National Highway naked and with severe burns and that she was being taken to a hospital by the police.

The police said villagers had covered the girl with a sheet and that there was no trace of her clothes.

The only thing the girl could recollect while talking to police personnel was that she was on the third floor of the college building.

The girl's father said that he used to bring his daughter to the college once in a week or fortnight and used to wait outside till classes ended.

The girl from a village in the Jalalabad police station area is a student of Swami Shukdevanand Postgraduate College, run by Mumukshu Ashram of Chinmayanand.

The Mumukshu Ashram was in the centre of a controversy in 2019 after a female student of a law college run by it accused Chinmayanand of sexual assault. However, the student later withdrew her charges against Chinmayanand, who was arrested in the case in September 2019 and released on bail nearly five months later.

In a separate incident in the district, the body of a five-year-old girl was recovered and her seven-year-old cousin sister was found injured in the Kanth police station area.

They had been missing since Monday evening after they had gone to a tubewell outside the village for taking bath, Anand said.

As their family members and other villagers searched for them, the body of one of them was found in an agricultural field outside the village, while the other was found lying injured in neighbouring Fazilpur village, the SP added. PTI COR SAB SMN SMN