Updated: November 22, 2016 7:26:14 am
For almost 10 hours, a couple in northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram searched frantically for their four-year-old daughter, who had gone missing at 8.30 pm Sunday. They made announcements in a masjid, went door-to-door, looked under her bed and even scanned the local drains, but in vain. At 6.30 am, they finally came to know that their daughter had been found dead next to a railway track — a few metres from a police post under Keshav Puram police station.
Police said that prima facie it appeared the child had been raped and smothered. Police said they are on the lookout for two brothers who stayed two blocks away from the girl’s house, and are currently absconding. One of them was seen with the child at 8 pm on Sunday, according to CCTV footage of the area, police said.
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“The girl’s body had scratch marks and bite injuries and prima facie it appears to be a case of sexual assault. Things will be clearer after the post-mortem report. We have registered a case of murder,” said DCP (northwest) Milind Dumbere. Police sources said one of the suspects had an argument with the victim’s family a few days ago, but it is yet to be ascertained if the two incidents are linked.
The girl’s family stayed in one room in a jhuggi in Keshav Puram. The girl’s 30-year-old mother said her daughter ate dinner on Sunday and went down to play near the buses. “Suddenly, she was missing and we started looking for her. We announced in a masjid for details of her whereabouts, and went to several houses. We also checked under the bed and behind the almirah, thinking she might have fallen asleep. I took a torch and even searched in the drains. I just prayed for her safety,” said the mother, adding that her daughter had turned four on November 9, and the family had celebrated her birthday.
She said she had also gone to the spot where her daughter’s body was found later. “At night, I went to the broken building near the railway tracks, but the guard did not let me inside. I wish I had pushed him a little more,” she said. The girl’s 35-year-old father, a labourer, said police showed them the CCTV footage the next day. “We saw the footage on Monday morning and identified the suspect,” he said.
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