Updated: December 2, 2021 1:36:55 am
A fast track court in Gandhinagar on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to a 26-year-old man for raping and murdering a three-year-old girl, barely 25 days after the incident took place.
The man, a daily wage labourer from Gandhinagar, faces seven more criminal cases, including two other child rape cases and five loot cases. He allegedly raped three girls aged three, five and seven years between October 29 and November 5 in the border villages of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, primarily targeting children of migrant workers living in shanties during Diwali and Nootan Varsha festivals.
According to police, additional district judge SN Solanki awarded life imprisonment to the man on Wednesday after the police filed a 500-page chargesheet within eight days of the man’s arrest.
“Today, the honourable court has awarded life imprisonment to the convict for the rape and murder of three-year-old girl. The man faces two more cases of raping children and five cases of loot. We made three teams for crime detection and over 140 police personnel worked to apprehend him… A team of 35-40 police officers worked on investigation and filed the chargesheet within eight days… a separate team of officials were formed to counsel the survivors. Gandhinagar police has also adopted one of the child survivors and we are looking after her,” said Mayur Chavda, superintendent of police, Gandhinagar.
Sequence of events
On November 4, a five-year-old girl was abducted by the convicted man on a motorcycle outside her shanty in a village during Diwali festivities. After raping the child, he dropped her near a canal overbridge in Gandhinagar where she was spotted by passersby.
On November 5 night, a three-year-old girl went missing from her shanty in another village of Gandhinagar during Nootan Varsha festivities. On November 7, the Local Crime Branch team apprehended the man after seeing CCTV footage of him abducting the 5-year-old girl on his motorcycle. During interrogation, he revealed that he dropped off the five-year-old girl on the roadside, while he strangled the 3-year-old girl and dumped her body outside a village. Police recovered her body on November 7.
The man also confessed to have raped another seven-year-old girl from a third village. The convict had also attacked sex workers in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and looted valuables from them, police said.