The police on Monday arrested a 17-year-old boy of Colony Number 4 for raping and killing the three-year-old girl, whose naked body was found on Saturday. The police claimed the accused committed the crime to teach a lesson to the family as he had a scuffle with the victim’s father this Holi. The accused was reportedly a Class 8 passout from the government school in Colony Number 4.
The police said the accused, who was son of a small-time dairy farmer of Colony Number 4, told during interrogation that on Holi this year, his cousin had entered into an altercation with the father and uncle of the victim. When he (accused) tried to intervene, a scuffle ensued and he received injuries. In order to settle scores with them, he was looking for an opportunity to kill the father and uncle of the victim but couldn’t succeed, police said. When he failed to execute his plan, out of frustration, he allegedly kidnapped the girl, raped and killed her and disposed of the body in the forest area.
As per the police, the accused kidnapped the girl around 9pm on Friday and took her to a jhuggi belonging to someone known to him, where he raped and strangled her. The jhuggi owners were away and the keys were with the accused. The police said the accused kept the body under the bed and went to dump it in the forest area around 3am.
Victim’s uncle helped crack case
As per the police, the questioning of one of the victim’s uncles, Ram Janam, helped the police to zero in on the accused, who when questioned spilled the beans. Ram Janam had told the police that he had a fight with the accused on Holi.
Girl was raped, murdered: ASP
ASP (East) Parminder Singh said after the post-mortem report confirmed rape, they had added section 376 IPC to the FIR, which already had sections 302, 364, 201, besides POCSO Act. The police said that bite marks were visible on the private parts of the victim.
Age of accused not confirmed
The police were verifying whether the accused was a minor or a major. Sources said before coming to Chandigarh, the accused had studied for some years in Azampur in Uttar Pradesh. Police sources said parents of the accused could have given false details about his date of birth to secure admission in Chandigarh. Though there was no age proof, he was sent to a juvenile home.
Police did not inform me: Victim’s father
Victim’s father said the police did not inform him about the arrest and hence couldn’t comment whether or not he was the real culprit.
Compensation to victim’s family THe UT administration is considering giving compensation to the victim’s family and decision in this regard will be taken in a couple of days.