A 12-year-old girl was found dead Tuesday morning after allegedly being kidnapped the previous evening from Bhojpur village in Ghaziabad.
The murder, police said, could be the result of a long-standing rivalry between two families that began in 1982 and has resulted in four similar murders in the recent past.
Police said the girl had gone to the market in the village on Monday, but never returned home. Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rakesh Kumar Pandey confirmed that the girl’s body was found in the village on Tuesday morning. “Her throat was slashed with a knife. She died of extensive bleeding. There are no other visible injury marks on her body,” he said.
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Pandey said it didn’t appear she was raped prior to her murder but police couldn’t confirm it until the postmortem report came in. An FIR has been lodged at the Bhojpur police station. Two persons have reportedly been detained in the matter.
More arrests were likely as several people were still being questioned.
Police said the murder was likely the result of a family feud. “It began as a fight between members of the two families over a minor land dispute. They belong to the same caste and are distant relatives. But what began as an argument became a violent rivalry. Five people have been killed on both sides in the recent past,” a senior officer said.
Pandey confirmed that “four or five” people had been killed due to this “enmity” and the girl’s murder may be because of the feud.