Neighbour abducts, murders minor girl in Delhi

- May 24, 2024
| By : Patriot Bureau |

The girl's body was found in a drain and the accused was arrested after a brief exchange of fire, police said

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A three-year-old girl was kidnapped and killed allegedly by a neighbor in southwest Delhi, police said on Friday.

The girl’s body was found in a drain, and the accused was arrested after a brief exchange of fire, they said.

According to police, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening when the victim’s family reported the kidnapping of their daughter from the Kapashera area.

“A police team was sent to the spot immediately. The victim’s mother told police that they have been staying here in a rented accommodation for the last five years,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Rohit Meena said.

“She told us that her daughter was playing outside the house and at around 6 pm, her daughter was kidnapped by a neighbor,” the DCP said.

Based on her complaint, an FIR was lodged, and a massive search operation was launched to trace the girl and the accused. Police examined CCTV footage, he said.

“In one camera, at 7:05 pm, the accused was seen with the girl going towards a drain. In the same camera, he was caught returning alone without the girl at around 7:25 pm,” DCP Meena said.

The accused, Anil (34), was traced and detained at about 11:55 pm the same day from a bus heading towards Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, he said.

“He was interrogated and initially denied any involvement in the kidnapping. But during sustained interrogation, he broke down and admitted to having killed and dumped the girl in a marshy drain located at the border of Gurgaon and Kapashera,” DCP Meena said.

Police said that Anil then led the team to the drain, where they launched a search operation. The crime and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) teams were also called to the spot, he said.

“After a long search operation lasting more than an hour in the dark, the girl’s body was finally found dumped in the marshy drain,” he added.

“At that moment, the accused sensed an opportunity to escape. He grabbed the loaded service revolver of a police officer, tried to escape from custody, and fired at the team. The police fired in self-defense and hit him. He was immediately rushed to Indira Gandhi Hospital,” Meena said.

“The body was examined by the FSL and crime team. The accused was arrested and is now in judicial custody. The body was sent for post-mortem,” Meena said.

“Police are probing all angles, including whether the girl was sexually exploited,” Meena added.