A 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping and killing a six-year-old girl in Outer Delhi’s Begumpur area.
Police said during questioning, Ravinder Kumar admitted to being involved in around 15 cases of sexual assault and murder of minors in Delhi, Noida, Badaun and Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
He was produced before a Delhi court on Friday, which sent him to seven days’ police custody, police said.
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According to police, investigation revealed that the accused — who works as the helper of a truck driver — has been involved in such crimes since 2009 but was never arrested.
He told police that he used to watch pornographic films as a juvenile, which led him to commit such crimes.
Last year, he was arrested from Begumpur area for allegedly sodomising a boy and trying to kill him. He was released on bail a month ago, after which he allegedly murdered the minor girl last week.
The Delhi Police has begun co-ordinating with the UP police to get records of incidents of sexual assault that were admitted to by the accused during questioning. Investigators said in all the 15 cases, he had allegedly killed the victims.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), Vikramjit Singh said, “The accused was initially arrested in the rape-cum-murder of the six-year-old girl. During questioning, he told investigators that he has been involved in nearly 15 cases of sexual assault on minors. The accused said in all the cases, he had killed the victim. He started indulging in these crimes since 2009. He would identify targets in nearby localities, especially children between the age of two and eleven years.”
The DCP said on July 14, police received a call that a six-year-old girl had gone missing “Police later found the girl’s body in a semi-constructed three-storey house, barely 50 metres away from where she lived.
“Police recovered some documents and a driving licence from the spot. After investigation, they found that the licence was issued in the name of one Sunny who was admitted in a hospital,” the DCP said.
Meanwhile, police also received a PCR call about a robbery from Kanjhawala area. The call was made by Sunny’s mother. Sunny was allegedly robbed and thrashed by two brothers, Kumar and Sunil, and a friend.
“Sunny told police that the three men took him to the Metro yard in Mundka, where they thrashed him. They then robbed him of his motorcycle, driving licence and cellphone. He somehow managed to escape from their clutches and hid in a field,” the DCP said.
“A search was launched for Kumar and his associates. After checking their records, we came to know that Kumar was arrested last year from Begumpur in connection with a sodomy and attempt to murder case. Ten teams were formed under the supervision of Additional DCP (Outer) Shweta Chauhan and Kumar was arrested from a relative’s home,” the DCP added.
The DCP also said this was not the first time that the accused has been arrested.
“In 2014, he consumed liquor along with a friend and abducted a minor boy. He then sodomised him, slit his throat and dumped the boy in a septic tank. But the boy was rescued and he recovered from his injuries. A year later, the accused was arrested and sent to judicial custody for sodomising and trying to kill another boy. Around a month ago, he was released from jail after which he again resorted to such crimes,” Singh said.
On Saturday, police identified five areas — Mundka, Vijay Vihar, Samaypur Badli, Kanjhawala and Begumpur — where he had allegedly killed five minors after sexually assaulting them.
Police have also found an eye-witness who claimed he had seen Kumar kidnapping a minor girl from Samaypur Badli area in 2014. Police are now recording the statement of the witness.
Police said Kumar hails from Ganjdudware, Badaun district in UP and lives with his parents and younger brother in Karala village.
“Investigating officers are now conducting searches, making inquiries and are trying to identify sexual harassment complaints in which he may be involved,” a senior officer said.