A seven-year-old girl was found dead and bundled inside a gunny bag at the Kanchan Park area of Loni in Ghaziabad on Sunday night, a day after she went missing while playing outside her house.
Police found the body at a vacant plot, barely 50 metres away from the victim’s house around 10.30pm on Sunday but have failed to make any arrests.
Police teams conducted night-long raids at nearby areas that house dozens of small apparel-making units.
Officials said the victim appeared to have been strangled to death and a piece of cloth was found in her throat.
“It is suspected that some local person kidnapped her for ulterior motive and strangled her fearing a search launched by her family members and police teams. The post mortem will indicate any sexual assault with the victim. We are searching for people employed in nearby factory units who remained absent from work since the girl went missing,” said AP Singh, station house officer at Loni.
The girl’s family launched a search and lodged an FIR for abduction at the police station on Sunday morning.
“It appears that some local person is behind the incident and dumped the body as soon as he came to know about the FIR. The FIR is now converted to murder and destruction of evidence and a team is searching for the accused. The body is sent for post mortem,” Singh added.