As the Delhi Police claimed Monday that Ravinder Kumar, arrested last week, had admitted to the alleged rape and murder of 30 minors, one admission left officials in two states particularly perplexed. For, this particular case — involving the death of a five-year-old girl — had already been closed by police in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, with the arrest of the girl’s father, who has been in jail since 2013.
Sources said that during questioning, Kumar said that in 2013, he had kidnapped, raped and murdered a five-year-old girl in Nagla Chandan village in Hathras.
“Kumar told police that he was visiting his maternal uncle’s home when he committed the crime. Following the admission, the Investigating Officer of the Delhi Police approached Nagla Sikandar police station and came to know that they had already registered an FIR in the case under sections 302 (murder), 364 (abduction), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code,” police said.
The case lodged by the police in UP made no mention of sexual assault. The police had filed a chargesheet in the court and arrested the girl’s father in 2013.
Confirming this, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer Delhi), Vikramjit Singh told The Indian Express that they had approached the police station concerned in UP. “We found out that after registering an FIR, the police concerned had initially arrested four persons. However, they were later discharged and the girl’s father was arrested,” he said.
When contacted, Nagla Sikandar police station officer Balbir Singh said, “The two cases are completely separate. In this case, the father had killed the girl by throttling her. But he tried to shift the blame on to four people who had an existing enmity with him. We found scientific evidence against the father and arrested him. But if Delhi Police approaches us with fresh evidence, we will welcome them and investigate the matter.”
Ajai Shankar Rai, Additional Superintendent of Police, Hathras, said, “The Delhi Police have made no communication with us, either through official or unofficial channels. However, if they do, we’ll follow the legal procedure and look into the matter.”