Second accused held,police claim he said ‘big mistake’

Nineteen-year-old Pradip Kumar,the second accused in the rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in East Delhi,was arrested late Sunday night from Barhaiya in Lakhisarai,Bihar,and flown to Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi/patna | Published: April 23, 2013 12:27:24 am

Nineteen-year-old Pradip Kumar,the second accused in the rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in East Delhi,was arrested late Sunday night from Barhaiya in Lakhisarai,Bihar,and flown to Delhi.

Police said Pradip Kumar was an accomplice of Manoj Kumar Sah,the man who allegedly lured the girl to his room located below the floor where she lived with her family. Manoj was arrested on Saturday from the house of his in-laws in Muzaffarpur,Bihar.

Police said Pradip and Manoj left Delhi thinking that the girl was dead. Police quoted Pradip as saying “it (the rape) was a big mistake”. Police said they have now invoked sections relating to gangrape in the case.

Pradip was arrested from the house of his uncle where he had turned up on April 19. He only told his uncle he had a “serious problem” on hand. He had been working in Delhi as a mason for four years. “He came in contact with Manoj about a year ago and they would visit each other. He claimed it was Manoj’s idea to lure the child,” police said.

Bihar Police spokesperson and Additional Director General of Police Ravindra Kumar said: “Our job was to assist the Delhi Police team. We tracked the location of the accused through his mobile phone. We have assisted Delhi Police teams in arresting both the accused in a matter of three days.”

Investigators claimed that Manoj and Pradip would meet often,drink liquor and watch porn. An officer said once Pradip is brought to Delhi,he will be confronted with Manoj to verify claims.

Meanwhile,Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday asked Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to take stringent action against officers found lax in their duties. The SHO and the investigating officer of the case have been suspended after the child’s family alleged that the police offered them Rs 2,000 to hush up the incident,while an ACP was suspended for slapping a protester.

Expressing concern,Khanna asked Kumar to take “exemplary action” against police personnel found guilty of dereliction of duty. “The Lt Governor issued clear instructions to the Police Commissioner that exemplary action should be taken against officers found lax on duty. The commissioner was also asked to speed up the investigation and take cases of violence against women very seriously,” a senior officer said.

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