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Two girls murdered in suspected ‘honour killing'

In yet another case of suspected honour killing, two girls, aged 14 and 12, were murdered allegedly by their grandmother and two uncles and their bodies thrown into a canal for having an “affair” with one of their relatives.

Police arrested the three suspects on Saturday after the bodies were recovered from the western Yamuna canal near Barwasni village in the district on Friday.

The victims were identified as residents of Sonepat, police said. Those arrested were the girls' grandmother, and their uncles. The three accused allegedly confessed to their crime, they added.

They told the police that both girls had developed “illicit relations” with a step-brother, staying with the grandmother.

Police believe that the trio had taken the step to “save the honour” of the family after the alleged affair of the girls came to light.

Bodies dumped in canal

The trio claimed that the girls had been cautioned but did not pay heed. Enraged over their “behaviour,” the accused took the girls in a car on Friday on the pretext of visiting a relative in a neighbouring village.

They then allegedly strangled them to death and threw their bodies in the canal.

The bodies got stuck in the canal's embankment and were noticed by some residents who informed the police.

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