THE BODY of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was found in a gunny bag in Industrial Area, Phase II, here on Tuesday morning. She had been missing from her home at Sarangpur since Monday evening.
According to the police, the Police Control Room received a call around 8.30 am on Tuesday that the body of a child was lying near plot number 93. After this, a PCR vehicle was dispatched to the spot where cops found the body in a gunny bag. Some part of the child’s face was eaten up by dogs.
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The victim was identified as Pihu, a resident of Sarangpur. According to the police, she was last seen at her home around 5.30 pm on Monday. Her family lodged a complaint after looking for her for many hours.
Pihu’s father Rameshwar, who is a gardner with Markfed, said that his daughter was playing at her home and left around 5.30 pm. He said that he did not have any enmity with anyone.
“We are simple people. We do not have any enmity with anyone and have been living here for long. It is shocking that someone has killed our daughter,” he said.
According to Rameshwar, he along with his family members and friends searched for his daughter for many hours after she did not return home. Following this, he went to Sarangpur police station and lodged a missing person’s report. He added that they came to know about the incident around 8.30 in the morning after the police called them.
The police, meanwhile, started an investigation into the case and questioned a few persons. They registered a case under Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code at Sector 31 police station but did not add the section meant for murder.
Police officials said that they cannot say whether the girl was raped, though there were injury marks on the body. They added that the exact cause of death could be known only after the post-mortem report was available.
In a late-night development, however, the Chandigarh Police claimed that they had solved the case and details would be provided to the media at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
A police official told Chandigarh Newsline that they suspected the role of the victim’s mother in the murder.