New Delhi: In yet another gruesome incident, a three-year-old girl was raped and strangulated in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. This is the third incident of rape-murder in the district in the 20 days. Also Read - India's Covid Vaccine Latest News: Phase-3 Trial of Covaxin to Begin in UP's Lucknow, Gorakhpur From October

Police have recovered the toddler’s body from the vicinity of her village in the Singahi area. The girl had injury marks on her head. She had been missing since Wednesday. Also Read - Nawazuddin Siddiqui Accused of Rape by Wife Aaliya, Brother Shamas Says This

In his complaint to police, the girl’s father alleged that one Lekhram, a resident of their village, had abducted and killed her due to an old enmity with his family. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: International Flights to Start From Kushinagar Airport by Diwali, Announces CM Yogi

Lakhimpur Kheri district was in the news recently when a 17-year-old girl was found dead outside her village. She was allegedly raped and murdered after she left home to fill a scholarship application.

Her mutilated body was found near a dry pond, around 200 metres ways from her village falling under the Neemgaon police limits.

Prior to this incident, a 13-year-old girl was raped and strangled to death in the district.

The incidents had triggered a widespread outrage on social media, with Opposition party leaders lashing out at Yogi government over the law and order situation in the state. “The rape and murder of a teenage girl in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP is an incident, which has shaken humanity. In the BJP rule, atrocities on children and women are at an all-time high,” SP leader Akhilesh Yadav charged in a tweet in Hindi.

“Why is the BJP government shielding those who are involved in rape, kidnapping, murder and other crime,” the former state chief minister had asked.

Senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada had also lambasted the UP govt saying that the inhuman act with a girl has put humanity to shame. “This is an extremely saddening incident. In this episode, the police must initiate such a strong action that it becomes a deterrent for criminals”, he had added.

BSP supremo Mayawati had demanded strict action against the guilty. “What is the difference between the SP government and the present BJP government if such incidents keep happening.The BSP demands that the government should initiate strong action against the guilty in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and also in the Azamgarh incident,” she said in a tweet.