Two days after an 11-year-old girl was found raped and murdered in a sugarcane farm near Daund,Pune rural police arrested a 20-year-old farm labourer. Police said they nabbed the suspect based on a sketch made with the help of a school student.
Police have identified the accused as Nitin Narayan Kadam,who is a resident of Nathachi Wadi in Daund. The incident took place on Thursday morning when the girl was on her way home from school after an exam. Police said the girls father used to pick her up from school daily but didnt go on the day of the incident.
Manojkumar Lohiya,Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural),said: She had left school around 11 am. It took her 15 minutes to reach home on foot. When she didnt reach home at her usual time,her family got worried and started a search. Yawat police station was informed and our team reached the spot within minutes. He body was recovered from a sugarcane farm. Examination revealed that she had been raped and was later strangled to death.
Police formed 10 teams led by inspectors and various clues were investigated. Ravindrasinh Pardeshi,Additional Superintendent of Police,said,As we started our inquiry into the case,it came to light that as the students were heading back home that morning,the victim suddenly disappeared.
We focused on the movement of people seen in the area during that time and zeroed in on a person. Based on further inquiry,we launched a search for him. Our team made a computerised sketch of the suspect with the help of the description given by a student. This sketch was circulated in police stations and posters were put up in nearby villages, he added.
Lohiya added,On Saturday evening,we got specific information that the posters were found torn in Nathachi Wadi. Our teams contacted the villagers and the suspect was arrested at night with their help.
Pardeshi added,Kadam is a farm labourer and also gathers grass from various farms to be used as fodder. Prima facie it seems that he saw the victim separated from a group,pulled her into the farm and raped her. He has been remanded in police custody till September 2.
Assistant Inspector Shashikant Chavan,who is probing the case,said the police had also circulated the posters in villages with the help of phone messenger services,which also helped them in the getting information about the suspect.