A teenaged "illiterate" boy was arrested from Bihar in the wee hours on Monday for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in Delhi which he described as a "big mistake", two days after his friend was apprehended in the case. "I have committed a big mistake," he responded when asked how he felt about the crime.
Pradeep Kumar (19) was nabbed from his maternal uncle's house in Barahiya village in Bihar's Lakhisarai by a joint police team from Delhi and Bihar and sent to transit remand for 15 days by a court there, police said.
Pradeep's name surfaced in the case on the basis of interrogation of his friend and prime accused Manoj Sah (22) who was apprehended from his in-laws' house in Bihar's Muzaffarpur on Saturday.
"We have got information from (our team in) Bihar that Pradeep has confessed to the crime. He is an illiterate," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told reporters in Delhi.
Pradeep said, "I have committed a big mistake" as he was escorted by police.
Police sources said they have now invoked the sections concerning gangrape in the case.
Bihar Director General of Police Abhayanand said Pradeep was produced before Lakhisarai Chief Judicial Magistrate Vishnu Dev Upadhay who sent him to transit remand. He is being brought to Delhi.
A large crowd had gathered near the court and the police had a tough time in controlling it.
He had fled from caoital on April 15 after allegedly raping the girl, fearing that she was dead after they strangulated her.
Though Kumar refused to divulge the sequence of events, police sources said Manoj told interrogators that Pradeep came to his house in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar on April 15 evening and they had consumed alcohol.
Manoj claimed that Pradeep insisted on bringing a girl to the house and he went out and lured the five-year-old girl living in the same building with a chocolate, sources said.
Manoj also told police that he did not sexually assault the girl and it was Pradeep who committed rape, they said.
He had also claimed that they fled from the house after strangulating her fearing that she will tell her parents about the crime they committed. They also thought she was dead, they said.
Superintendent of Police of Lakhisarai district Rajeev Mishra, who interrogated him, said Pradeep "admitted" to his crime.
Pradeep belonged to Ahiyapur in Sheikhupura district of Bihar, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Bihar Ravindra Kumar said.
He left his native place for Delhi four years ago and he was working as a mason, he said.
He came in contact with Manoj in Delhi and their friendship deepened and they used to meet regularly. In his native Sheikhpura, locals alleged that he was in the habit of harassing girls and was beaten up by residents many a times in this regard.
A senior Delhi Police official said once Pradeep is brought to Delhi, he will be confronted with Manoj to verify the claims made by the latter.