A convicted paedophile was arrested for kidnapping and sexually abusing a four-year-old girl in Outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar area on Monday, his third involvement in such crime over a decade.
Naresh, a 40-year-old bootlegger, is suspected by police of sexually abusing many more girls and teams have been formed to identify more victims.
Last month, a 38-year-old tailor from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand was arrested for allegedly raping and molesting scores of girls in Delhi and other states. Mostly in the habit of targeting girls returning home from school, Sunil Rastogi was booked in two cases of rape and one case of molestation, and police continue to investigate his other involvements.
Police said, with the latest FIR against him, Naresh has three registered cases of sexually abusing children. “After his arrest today (Monday), one more woman came forward with a similar complaint, but she does not want to pursue the case,” said a senior police officer.
The unmarried man would allegedly kidnap the girls — most of them in the age group 3 and 10 years — and take them to isolated places where he would strip and grope them.
His first involvement in kidnapping and sexually abusing a child was in 2007 in Rohini. Police said Naresh’s interrogation has suggested that he is undergoing trial in that case and is out on bail. He is also undergoing trial after being arrested under the Excise Act.
“Since we arrested him just a few hours ago, we still need to verify his claims and know the current status of those two cases against him,” said MN Tiwari, DCP (Rohini district).
What the DCP claimed to have verified is that Naresh was convicted in another case of kidnapping and molesting a child in 2013. That crime too had happened in Vijay Vihar area and Naresh was arrested in April, 2013.
“He was convicted and awarded a three-year prison term in that case, but the court reduced the sentence and he was let off after serving about a year in jail,” said the DCP based on the initial probe.
Naresh’s latest victim was the four-year-old daughter of a woman who irons clothes in Vijay Vihar area. The child was playing near her mother’s workplace on Monday morning when Naresh allegedly kidnapped her.
On finding her daughter missing, the woman launched a frantic search and soon spotted her daughter with Naresh. She raised an alarm and the accused was caught by the public and handed over to the police. He was booked for kidnapping and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“Our interrogation so far shows Naresh was constantly on the lookout for unattended children. He appears to be mentally stable,” said an investigator.