The deceased, a Class III student, was missing since Tuesday night and her body was found in a mustard field in her village on Wednesday. Prima facie, the girl was strangulated and she was also raped, a police officer said.
The incident occurred Wednesday night near Kaju Pahar under the Paljhori police station when a vehicle checking drive was on. Mandal, who was allegedly in an inebriated state, ran over the police constable Sanjeev Kumar, injuring him seriously, Naithany said.
On Monday, polling was held amid tight security in 18 constituencies in eight Naxal-affected districts of the state. The rest 72 seats will go to polls on November 20 and the counting of votes will be held on December 11.
The murder is suspected to be a fallout of an altercation that took place around a month ago between Prayanshu and the accused while they were playing. As per preliminary investigation, Prayanshu had allegedly thrashed the accused during the argument, said police