Delhi Police arrested a 25-year-old man from Bawana industrial area on Wednesday, ten days after a four-year-old girl was raped and murdered in northwest Delhi’s Keshavpuram.
The accused, Amarjit, 25, alias Chup Ram, was a close friend of the victim’s father and lived only 50 meters away in the same neighbourhood. A native of Bihar, he stayed near the girl’s shanty for the past three to four years.
On November 20, the day of the incident, Amarjit and the girl’s father consumed liquor together in the afternoon. Later, Amarjit allegedly raped and murdered the girl at night. He fled from the spot and went into hiding in Bawana, police said.
A relative of the girl allegedly spotted her body at an abandoned house near the railway tracks close to Lawrence Road around 7 am on November 21. The place is also close to the slum, where the girl lived with her family.
“Amarjit was caught on camera. He came towards her, picked her up and went away, as she was playing outside her house. The next day, the girl’s body was found barely 200 meters away. Amarjit left his footwear behind on the crime scene,” a senior police official said.
Police began tracing his calls. Amarjit even tried to fool the police by calling his wife on November 22 and telling her that he was about to commit suicide by jumping before a train.
“Amarjit must have realised that we were tracing his calls. So he called his wife and told her he was committing suicide. Maybe he thought we would stop searching for him if we thought he was dead. Later he switched off his phone,” the officer said.
A police team was sent to Bawana in search of Amarjit. Over 100 factories were searched. Five police officials even went to Bihar where his wife and four-year-old daughter lived, to nab him if he showed up there.
Amarjit made another call to his wife on November 30 around 3.15 am. The call was traced and his location intercepted. Amarjit was nabbed late in the evening.
Police said Amarjit confessed to his crime during interrogation. He told police that he smothered the girl to death because she screamed on being picked up.
A class 3 dropout, Amarjit worked as a driver and transported goods to grocery stores.