A 14-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, raped and brutally murdered by four men in a village in Haryana’s Sonepat district.
The incident took place on Thursday night when the girl was on her way back home to Janti village, after visiting a Dussehra fair at Ashok Vihar along with her family members. All the four accused have been arrested.
“The girl was with her cousin, who was riding a cycle. Four people, who had come in an autorickshaw, hit her cousin on the head with an iron rod and abducted the girl. They took her to a secluded place in Nangal village, 10 kilometres away, and took turns to rape her,” said Station House Officer (SHP) Dheeraj, from Kundli police station in Sonepat.
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“They killed her as they were scared she would reveal their identities,” he said.
One of the accused, Sandeep, was known to the girl’s family, said the police. They told the police that he was in the autorickshaw with the other accused.
“We started a massive search operation and arrested all four in the early hours of Friday. During questioning, it was revealed that they had killed the girl and buried her body,” said a police officer.
Sandeep already has a police record, said the officer, adding that the other accused have been identified as Nitin, Parveen and Madan.
The accused allegedly took the police to the spot where they had buried the girl’s body.
“At 10 am, we recovered the body at Nangal village. The girl was strangulated and had several injuries on her face. She had been hit with a rod as well as stones,” said the police officer.
The police initially registered a case under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, and later added charges of murder and rape in the FIR.
But the girl’s father accused the police of responding late to the family’s call for help, claiming that the policemen arrived nearly an hour after the family alerted the police about the girl’s abduction.
“We described our ordeal to the police and named Sandeep, who was in the autorickshaw. Sandeep had earlier been arrested and the police knew about it. They arrested the four accused by Friday morning, “ he said.
Recounting the incident, he said, “We had gone to Ashok Vihar to watch the Ramlila. On our way back, by the time we got a bus at Azadpur Mandi, it was quite late. We were dropped at the Sindu border at about 10.40 pm. There was no transport to take us back home, so we walked”.
He added that though the family had noticed an autorickshaw, which had been following them initially before overtaking them, they didn’t think much about it.
“My nephew had a bicycle. My daughter sat on it and they went ahead. Later, my nephew called me up and told me that he had been attacked and my daughter has been abducted,” he said.