One of the accused in the murder of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh had reportedly raped his own daughter five years ago.

According to the police, one of the men arrested in the toddler murder case was accused of raping his own daughter in 2014 and was bailed out by his wife, an NDTV report said.

In a shocking incident, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was strangled to death and her eyes gouged out in Uttar Pradesh after her parents allegedly failed to repay a loan of Rs 10,000.

The two accused arrested by the police, identified as Zahid and Aslam, were neighbours of the girl who was murdered.

Following outrage over the horrific murder, and considering the gravity of the crime, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to book the two accused under the National Security Act (NSA) and transfer the case to a fast track court. Under the NSA, a person can be imprisoned for up to a year without being charged.

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday constituted a Special Investigative Team (SIT) to probe the murder.

A forensic science team, Special Operation Group (SOG) and a team of experts are also in the SIT to conduct the investigation on a fast track basis. The POCSO Act has also been put in place in the case.

The incident took place in Tappal town in Aligarh. According to reports, the girl’s body was found on June 2 in a dumping ground near her house, three days after she went missing.

The mutilated body was discovered after a pack of stray dogs had been spotted carrying what appeared to be human body parts.

Police officials told PTI that the post-mortem examination did not find any signs of sexual assault and that death of the victim was due to strangulation.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party’s General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi expressed dismay over the brutal murder terming it as “shocking” and “inhuman”.