Missing sisters found locked in banquet hall in west Delhi, younger dead

Police said initial reports suggests the one-year-old girl died of hunger. Her three-year-old sister survived but is in a bad state.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2016 4:37 am

Three days after a three-year-old girl and her one-year-old sister were reported missing, the children were found “accidentally locked up” in a banquet hall in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar area. The younger child, however, was found dead.

Police said initial reports suggests the one-year-old girl died “of hunger.” Her three-year-old sister survived but is in a “bad state”, added police.

According to police, the children had gone missing on September 16 and were found Monday afternoon in the hall.

A case of death due to negligence has been added to the FIR and the caretaker of the 500-yard banquet hall has been called for questioning, added police.

According to police, the children were playing in the hall and got locked in.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Pushpendra Kumar said, “On September 16, a missing persons complaint was received by police that a one-year-old girl and a three-year-old girl had gone missing. A search was launched to trace the children. On Monday evening, we received a call that two children have been found locked in the banquet hall. It was later found that the younger child had died while her sister was still alive.”

The DCP said, “We had registered a case of under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) after the incident. Now we have added Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) and have called the caretaker for questioning.”

Police said when the caretaker opened the door of the banquet hall, he found the girls lying on the sofa. The girls’ father works as a private security guard.