Two out of the three girls who went to collect fodder for animals were found dead in a field in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. The girls left the house on Wednesday and did not return home.
The incident came to light when the brother of one of the girls went out to the fields in search of his sister around 7 pm. The police suspect it to be a case of poisoning.
Two of the girls were declared brought dead while the other girl is battling for life at a Kanpur hospital, said police.
In a statement to the police, the brother of the 16-year-old girl said that he spotted the girls tied with their hands and legs. He further said that his sisters had gone to get fodder for the cattle at around 2 pm. The family claims that the girls, who were cousins, were found tied up with clothes. According to police, reportedly, the doctors have said that the symptoms appear to be that of poisoning.
Six teams have been constituted to investigate the case along with a dog squad.
In 2017, Unnao had gained widespread attention following the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl. The incident had gained widespread attention when the rape survivor attempted to immolate herself at the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Following legal battles, former BJP member Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted for rape and sentenced to life imprisonment.