To make a watertight case against 24-year-old accused Ravinder Kumar, who was arrested last week for allegedly raping and killing a six-year-old girl in Begumpur area, the Delhi Police is planning to conduct DNA and brain-mapping tests on the accused. This was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Vikramjit Singh.
Police said investigators had preserved the minor girl’s clothes. “Apart from Ravinder’s samples, police will also send the victim’s clothes to the forensic department for analysis,” a police officer said.
Police said they have now identified several areas — Mundka, Vijay Vihar, Samaypur Badli, Kanjhawala, Begumpur, Noida sectors 71 and 76, Aligarh — where Ravinder had allegedly killed minors after sexually assaulting them. Investigation has revealed that he had raped a girl in Majri village, but the incident was not reported to police. In the Aligarh case, UP police had arrested some other persons.
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“We are co-ordinating with the Delhi Police. So far we have not been able to find any records of such cases or bodies surfacing in the time period that the accused was active or in the area. But we are continuing our search in the field,” Preetinder Singh, SSP Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
Police said the accused was arrested from his uncle’s home in Govindpuri on Wednesday and initially confessed to the rape-cum-murder of the six-year-old girl.
However, a team — under the supervision of ACP Rishidev and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Shweta Chauhan — questioned him further. “Ravinder then admitted to his involvement in other cases too. Police later showed him around 60 pictures of children who went missing in the last six years. He first identified one girl who had gone missing from Samaypur Badli area in 2014. He told investigators that he had kidnapped the girl and sexually assaulted her before murdering her,” an officer said.
“The accused also disclosed that he used to lure his victims on the pretext of giving them Rs 10 and some chocolates,” the police officer said.
Ravinder told police that he was “inspired” by movies he watched such as the 1985 horror movie, Saamri. Police added that he studied till Class VII, after which he worked as a cleaner.
Meanwhile, Ravinder’s parents claimed that he has been falsely implicated. His father, Brahmananda Kumar, said, “If someone is beaten up enough, they will admit to anything.”