Police have so far failed to arrest any body in Friday night’s rape case of a five-year-old minor Dalit girl in Khera village.
Police said that the girl was sleeping with her 10-year-old sister outside her house when she was kidnapped and raped on Friday. She was found dumped near a tube well, barely 100 metres from her house on Saturday morning.
Following information, the police later lodged an FIR against unidentified persons under section of rape and also under relevant provisions of the SC/ST and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at Pilkhuwa police station.
A mob of angry villagers had also blocked NH-24 highway for over two hours on Saturday morning.
“Her father is a daily wager and a poor man. On the night of the incident, there was no electricity and the family was sleeping outside their house. When the girl went missing, the entire village launched a search for her, but couldn’t locate her. She was later found unconscious and in a pool of blood behind a tube well. We informed the police, but they arrived nearly one and hours after the call. We would have lynched the culprit if we would have nabbed him before that,” said Raj Pal, a local resident.
The victim’s grandmother said that the rapist would have covered the girl’s mouth so that she couldn’t shout for help. “She was sleeping with her elder sister outside while the family was sleeping on another charpoy outside. She had just joined a nearby school a month ago,” she said.
Victim’s father said that the police had so far picked up three persons all known to them on the basis of suspicion.
“The three young men are known to us. The police should launch a hunt for people who have gone missing since the incident. The girl has shown signs of recovery but has not been able to tell us what happened or who was involved. She is just a child...” he added.
Police officers said that they wouldn’t be able to disclose any information about the suspects.
“Our probe is on. We have identified one suspect,” said Shailendra Singh Rathore, circle officer, Pilkhuwa.