Indian police were investigating the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls

Indian police said Monday they were investigating the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls whose mutilated bodies were found just hours apart in a state bordering New Delhi.

The brutality of the crimes in Haryana, a deeply conservative state in northern India, has created shockwaves even in a region with a grim record of violence against women.

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Police are pursuing a group of men suspected of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl from Kurukshetra district whose badly disfigured body was found dumped in a stream on Friday.

District police chief Abhishek Garg said the girl had sustained terrible internal injuries suggesting the attackers used a blunt object during the attack.

“At least four men are suspected to be behind the crime,” said district police chief Abhishek Garg.

“A massive search is underway to arrest the perpetrators”, he added.

Just hours after the grisly discovery, police in Panipat district on Saturday found the body of a 12-year-old girl in a pond.

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